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A Royal Canadian Navy Historical Project

 

Obituaries for those who served in the

 

Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Armed Forces (Navy)

 

AALDERS, Murray Rodney, CWO, CD - 61, of Coldbrook, passed away in his home on Wednesday, December 7, 2011. Born in Kentville, he was a son of the late Wallace and Beulah (Nix) Aalders. Murray began his Canadian Forces career with the West Nova Scotia Regiment in Aldershot in June of 1966. He then joined the regular forces in 1972. He was posted to Greenwood, Calgary, Halifax, Gagetown and Petawawa. Murray completed tours in Damascus and Cyprus and on the HMCS Margaree and at the Canadian Forces Fleet School. He retired in February 2010 as Chief Warrant Officer with 35 plus years of service. He was very committed to Alcoholics Anonymous always offering his time and ear to listen and help others in their recovery. He was an avid jogger, loved to play golf with his friends, collect sports cards and thoroughly enjoyed going to movies with his son, Nick. He is survived by his wife, Louise (Gillis); son, Nicholas, Coldbrook; daughters, Wendi (John) Curran, Angus, Ont.; Amy (Pavlos) Christou, Dartmouth; grandchildren, Emma, Loukas and Jack; sisters, Barbara States (David Connors), Coldbrook; Deborah (Mac) West, Upper Dyke; Karen (Dean) Coleman, Kentville; brothers, Steven (Angela Spencer), Upper Dyke; Jack (Margo), Kentville; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Edythe and Charlie Gillis, Eldon, P.E.I.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Joyce and Rev. Tim Archibald, Kentville; many nieces and nephews. Murray was predeceased by his parents. Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today, December 9th, in Annapolis Valley Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 34 Coldbrook Village Park Dr., Coldbrook (Exit 14). Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. on Saturday in Kings Presbyterian Church, New Minas, Rev. Tim Archibald officiating. Interment will follow in Elm Grove Cemetery, Steam Mill. Following the committal service, a reception will be held in the church hall. A special thank you to Dr. Biddulph, Dr. Burch, Dr. Targett and Dr. Burgess; Paulette Gash, VON, Joyce and many friends, family and co-workers who offered their time and food during this difficult time. Family flowers only. Donations in memory of Murray may be made to the Valley Hospice Foundation or Kings Presbyterian Church.

 

HMCS MARGAREE

ACHEN, John Milton (1924-2003) - of Calgary passed away suddenly at home on Sunday, December 21, 2003 at the age of 79 years. Milt moved to Calgary in 1997 from Saskatoon, SK to be closer to his family. He lived in Saskatchewan most of his life and had a lengthy career traveling with the Government of Saskatchewan Highway Traffic Board. Milt was proudly a World War II veteran of the Royal Canadian Navy, having served aboard the "H.M.S. Buckingham", which included the taking and surrendering of the first German submarine in Canadian waters. He loved to travel. Milt's most memorable trips included Portugal, Costa Rica and Africa. Most of all, he enjoyed meeting people. No matter where he went, Milt managed to meet somebody who knew somebody from Saskatchewan. His baritone voice, wry sense of humor and passion for debate drew much attention at social gatherings. For this Milt will be remembered by his many peers and companions at Dana Village and most recently the Seniors' Residence at the Colonel Belcher. Milt was the eldest of the late Mathias and Rose (nee Kappel) Achen and is survived by his children and their families, his youngest and only son Todd, wife Kathy and children, Dylan and Janine; middle daughter Terry-Lee Betschart, husband Herb and son Alexander; and eldest, daughter Deborah Achen and husband Perry Lebioda. Although he lived apart from his wife June Patricia (Pat), the family was able to spend many special occasions together because they all reside in Calgary. Milt is also survived by his younger siblings and their families, Doreen (Carew) O'Grady of Lloydminster, Richard (Vi) Achen and Don (Mona) Achen of Saskatoon. He also leaves his good friend and social companion Audrey Crowe of Calgary, with whom he shared many laughs. Funeral Services will be held at McInnis & Holloway's Park Memorial Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W.), on Monday, December 29, 2003 at 2:30 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Cardiac Function Clinic, Foothills Hospital, 1403 - 29 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 4N1 (Telephone 403-220-8300). Milt's children would like to thank all the health care providers who patiently and kindly helped improve their dad's quality of life while heart and kidney disease took their toll, including Dr. Wilkin and his staff, Dr. Scott-Douglas and his team at the Renal Clinic and especially Dr. Michael Curtis and his nurse practitioners, Tracy, Tannis and Julie, at the Cardiac Function Clinic. In living memory of Milton Achen, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park. (The Calgary Herald 28 Dec 2003)

 

HMCS BUCKINGHAM

ANDERSON, Francis (Frank) - With sadness in our hearts, we will miss the kind and gentle man who was our husband, dad, papa and grandpa, Francis Anderson. He left this world in the way he lived his life, peacefully, on Sunday, April 6th, 2008, with his son by his side, his wife of 57 years, Joan, with him in the family home built by their love and own hands, and with the affection of his three daughters separated from him only by physical distance, but never distant in his thoughts. Known by friends as Frank - and to others as "Red" for his trademark wavy red hair - he was born in Port Arthur on September 1st, 1919. As a boy he attended St. Joseph's Elementary school before going on to graduate from Port Arthur Collegiate Institute. Just prior to World War II and at the young age of 19, he became one of the first one hundred enlistees to sign up for naval duty with HMCS Griffon. As a sonar operator aboard a submarine-hunting Corvette during the battle of the North Atlantic, he listened for the distinctive pings of enemy U-boats in order to protect the convoy frigates on the Derry Run to Northern Ireland. He entered the war as an ordinary seaman, left as a Petty Officer, and for a short time before the end of the war, used his expertise to teach sonar technique in Newfoundland. Upon his return to Port Arthur, he worked aboard the James Whalen Ice Breaker, then with the CNR, and then for a period selling and repairing outboard motors, chainsaws, and other small equipment. In 1959 though, he was hired by Canada Manpower, where he spent a twenty-five year career finding work for those without jobs. Frank met the love and rock of his life Joan shortly after the war, and together they made numerous friends, became proud parents to their four children, and as a couple, shared experiences as varied as duck hunting and fishing to family road trips hauling a tent trailer. Later in life they were fortunate to be able to spend thirteen years "wintering over" in Florida, where they built lasting relationships with many Americans and other Canadian "snowbirds" they had crossed paths with. Life at home for Frank often meant life in the garden, which was a passion that always seemed to provide a bountiful harvest for family Sunday dinners on special occasions. Camps first at Floral Beach and then at Wild Goose were the place where he seemed most at home however, whether he was building one of his famous fires or cooking on the barbecue while sharing a drink with friends, neighbours, and coworkers. His boat rides out on the Big Lake kept him close to his naval roots and his appreciation for the outdoors. Frank always worked hard, never shirked responsibility, and lent a helping hand whenever he was called on. He served as president of the Wild Goose Camper's Association for nearly a decade, was a troop leader and eventually Assistant Commissioner with the local Boy Scouts, a life-long member of the Royal Canadian Naval Association, and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Royal Canadian Branch 5, and St. Andrew's parish advisory council. Frank will be remembered by all as one of those rare people who was a comfort to be around; honest to a fault, a good listener, and rarely ever judgemental. He was tough as nails and remarkably resilient physically, but on the inside he was gentle, caring, and loving. He was a decent man, a good husband, and the best grandfather, and never, ever complained about his lot in life even in death. He will be remembered by all as a kind soul who touched their lives in the simplest but most profound ways. He lived a full life and left this world without regrets. He will be deeply missed and forever loved and remembered. Frank is survived by his loving wife Joan, daughter Leslie (husband Mark Houldsworth, grandchildren Nathan & Rachel; Ottawa), son Richard (wife Lori, grandchildren Ben, Max & Ivy; Thunder Bay), daughter Carol (husband Bill Murnighan, grandchild Eamon; Toronto), daughter Mary Ann (husband Steve Stakiw; Vancouver), and sisters Lyla Lecky (Thunder Bay) and Pat Beavis (husband Art, Winnipeg). He was predeceased by his father William and mother Mary Anderson, mother-in-law Anne Nimchuk, brother-in-laws Michael John Nimchuk and Bert Lecky, and nephew David Lecky. The funeral celebration for Frank will be held on Thursday, April 10th at 12:00 pm at Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church, Father Richard Kowalchuk presiding. Visitation for friends and family will be held on Wednesday evening from 6 to 8pm, with prayers at 7pm, at Sargent & Son Funeral Chapel, 21 North Court Street. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made on Frank's behalf to the Thunder Bay Naval Association, Corpus Christi Renovation Fund, Northern Cancer Research Foundation or a charity of your choice. (The Chronicle Journal)

 

HMCS GRIFFON (Naval Reserve Unit)

BARLOW, William Thomas Jr. (27 Nov 1951 - 22 Feb 2013) - 61, of Dartmouth, passed away February 22, 2013, in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Berwick, he was a son of the late William Thomas Sr. and Ruth (Sullivan) Barlow. He was a 35-year veteran of the Canadian Navy, having retired in 2006. He is survived by his loving wife, Lana, Dartmouth; daughter, Jennifer (Rick) and beloved granddaughter, Thressa, both of Kentville; brother, James (Debra), Dartmouth; niece, Jacqueline (Mark), Dartmouth; and nephew, Thomas, Dartmouth. Cremation has taken place under the direction of A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland St., Dartmouth. No funeral service or visitation by request. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.

 

HMCS ANNAPOLIS, HMCS MARGAREE

BEAUVAIS, Norman Arthur, LCdr - Peacefully with his family at his side on Saturday, April 16, 2011, at the age of 74 years after battling Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma for the past 2 years. Norman Beauvais of Manotick, survived by his wife of 51 years Corinne (Bozec). Loving father of Lisa Beauvais (Ghislain Daigle) of Embrun, Bryan (Karen) of Halifax and Janis (Ben Carbonette) of Ottawa. Cherished grandfather of Andrea, Matthew, Nathalie, Stephanie, Isabella, Addison and Paige. Surviving also are his brother Maurice and sister Helen in Vancouver. Norman was predeceased by his oldest son Barry (1980), his mother Beatrice, stepfather Johnny Toporoski, brother Joseph and sisters Lucille and Margaret. Born in Delson Quebec September 28, 1936, he attended Montreal West High School and at the age of 17 he joined the Navy as an Ordinary Seaman. Over the years Norman climbed the ranks becoming a Naval Engineering Officer, accumulating over 20 years of sea time while serving on 14 different ships from Gate Vessels to Aircraft Carriers as well as serving on two submarines while on Exchange with the Royal Navy in Portsmouth, England. Norm completed his military career in December 1989 with 37 years of loyal and dedicated service to his country, he then moved to the Public Service sector for 11 more years, working as a Quality Control Rep until 2001, when he decided it would be a good time to retire. Norm's new hobby in retirement became his 1977 MG which he loved to work on, going on many "runs" with the Ottawa MG Club. During the past few years he became a snowbird vacationing in Florida during the winter months. Norm's other interests and free time were spent boating on the Rideau, working in his garden and enjoying his family and grandchildren or just relaxing on the patio having a glass of wine or beer with his good buddy, Dave Moore. Norm will be greatly missed by his loving family and his many friends. Special Thanks to Dr Richard Van Der Jagt and Dr. Rajiv Samant of the Ottawa General Hospital as well as Dr Goldstein, nurses and personal care workers on 3 South, St Vincent's Hospital. Visitation will be held at the Kars Chapel of Tubman Funeral Homes, 1610 Roger Stevens Drive, Kars, (East of Hwy 416) on Thursday April 28 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. Celebration of Norm's Life will be held in the chapel on Friday 29 April at 1:30 p.m.. Interment will be at a later date in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia where he will be buried alongside his son Barry. Those wishing may make memorial donations to Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation, 704 - 265 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1S 2E1. (The Ottawa Citizen 26 Apr 2011)

BEDARD, Paul R. (Pat), C1WR, 40828-H / Lt, O-5345, RCN (served 24 Mar 1941 - 03 Apr 1971) - It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Paul on Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 at the age of 96. Paul, Uncle, or Poppa as he was lovingly known by his family, will be missed. Predeceased by his loving wife, Euphemia "Bunty" Bedard of over 50 years, the last of a large family of 11 siblings, survived by his daughter Barbara Dusablon (Andre), granddaughters Andrea (Mike Hann) and Karrina, his great grandchildren Kelsey and Nicholas, his niece Nova Dowson (Jack) of Scotland and his two nephews Colin and John Dowson. Paul was born in North Bay, Ontario to parents Eva and Steven Bedard. Longing to see the world Paul joined the Royal Canadian Navy during the second World War, where he was shipped to Europe. Paul met his wife to be, Bunty, in Scotland during those years. After being stationed in London, England they returned to Canada. In the early 1970's, while living in Montreal, Paul retired from the Navy and joined the private sector working for a boat company then later a credit union. In 1987, Paul & Bunty officially retired and moved back to the sea, to Nova Scotia. They lived there until their passing. Paul/Poppa will be missed. We are left with years of wonderful memories. After telling his granddaughter he hoped he would die without pain and in his sleep, he slipped away only 2 days later on that prayer. A gathering will be held from 6 – 8pm on Wednesday, March 9, in A. L. Mattatall Funeral Home. Per Paul's request a service will be held in Scotland where he will be buried beside his wife. Donations in Paul's memory may be made to the CNIB or Paul would have appreciated doing a good deed for others.

BELL, James Duncan, C2FC, 5929-E, RCN (served 28 May 1968 - 01 Jul 1943) (25 Oct 1926 - 14 Apr 2015) - Jim passed away peacefully at Luther Court Lodge on Sunday June 14, 2015 at the age of 89, lovingly surrounded by his family - the heart of his joy-filled life. He will be sadly missed by his wife Ann of 59 years, his children Sharon (Wayne Crowe), Douglas (Roseline Ferré), Heather (David Lewis) and his grand-children Bradley, Mitchell (Catherine) and Jeffery Crowe, and Mathew and Daniel Lewis. Born and raised in Lloydminster Saskatchewan, Jim married the love of his life Ann in 1956. They raised their family in Victoria, the home base for Jim's 28 year distinguished career in the Canadian Navy. He progressed to the highest level of service as a submariner during the Korean War. Never one to slow down, upon his retirement from the Navy, Jim embarked on a second successful career in 1970 with the Royal Bank lasting 20 plus years. An intelligent and capable man of many talents, Jim loved to work with his hands. Jim was also very social. He had a great sense of humour, loved to laugh, and bring life to every party. He enjoyed cycling, motorcycling, curling, golfing and dancing. Music held a special place in his heart - and to his very last days at Luther Court, he was a joyful member of the Luther Court residents' choir. His five grandchildren were his pride and joy. When they were little, there was nothing he loved more than to play with them and build them toys. And as they grew older, he enjoyed their company immensely and admired their abundant talents in academics, athletics, and music. He loved playing crib with them - because he usually won. Jim was very involved in his community. He and Ann cherished their membership in the Gordon United Church family. As a very dedicated member of the Mt Shepherd Masonic Lodge, Jim enjoyed working with the fine men of this organization as he rose to the highest calling as the Supreme Council 33rd Degree of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of Canada. Jim's very full life concluded peacefully, with his wife Ann at his side, as both were residing in the loving care provided at Luther Court Lodge. Jim's family is immensely grateful to the wonderful staff of Luther Court for their caring service. The family is also grateful for Rev. Heidi Koschzeck, Minister of Gordon United Church who has been a great friend and comforting presence. Service to be held at Gordon United Church 935 Goldstream Ave., 2PM Monday, June 22nd. A reception will be held at the church following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations to Luther Court Society in Jim's honor will be gratefully appreciated. (The Victoria Times Colonist 18 Jun 2015)

BERNAYS, Max Douglas, C2WS, 18396-E, RCN (served 15 Mar 1953 - 11 Aug 1979) (13 Mar 1936 - 31 Jan 2013)- It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Max on Thursday, January 31, 2013. Max passed away surrounded by the love of his family in his 77th year at the Priory. Predeceased by his beloved son Doug (2003) and daughter in law Paula (2004) and sister in law Lorraine (2002). Loving husband to Marilyn of 53 years. Devoted father to son David and daughter Shannon (Scott). proud granpy to Jessica, Amanda, Carly, Kelly, Tory, Max, Tessa, Skye and Taylor. Max served in the Canadian Navy from 1953 - 1979. He then went on to work at the Rocky Point Ammunition Depot from 1979 - 1995. The family wishes to thank the amazing staff at the Priory for their care and compassion. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, 08 Feb 2013 from 2-4 p.m. at the Royal Canadian Legion on Station Road, Langford. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Associating or the Canadian Cancer Foundation. "We love and will miss you."

 

HMCS SIOUX, HMCS PROVIDER

BINT, Benjamin William (Bill), AB, V11479, HMCS ATHABASKAN G07 - of Calgary passed away on Sunday, March 6, 2016 at the age of 92 years. Bill (or Ben, as some knew him) was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on August 27, 1923, the fourth of five children of Benjamin and Florence (Davey) Bint. Bill grew up in Saskatoon, where he attended Bedford Road Collegiate, and where in 1946 he married Helen Creelman, his cherished wife of 69 years. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy in WWII and survived both the sinking of the HMCS Athabaskan and his subsequent time as a POW. After the war, he completed a degree in Geological Engineering at UBC and entered the mining industry, before joining Mobil Oil in 1952 to begin a long and successful career in the oil industry. Bill worked across Canada and internationally, and played a key role in several important energy discoveries before retiring to Sechelt, BC (and Yuma, AZ) in 1981. He was a lifelong learner who enjoyed travel, sports and outdoor activities and was a student of languages; Italian, Spanish, Farsi and Arabic to name a few. While in Calgary, Bill was active at the Calgary Winter Club. Bill was a loving husband, father and grandfather and great-grandfather, and will always be remembered with love by his children Sharon Larson (Don, dec.), Bev Cain (Curt), Bill Bint (Elizabeth), and Joey Kowalchuk (Rick). He will also be mourned by his grandchildren Nancy Larson, Karen Jans (Dwayne), and Michael Larson; Geoffrey (Amanda), Graham (Camille), David and Stephen Cain; Conor (Joanne) and Morgan (Cortney) Bint; Kevin Kowalchuk; and fifteen great-grandchildren. Bill was predeceased by his wife Helen just five weeks ago, and by his parents, his sisters Ellen (Patterson), Dorothy (Williams), and Bernice (Giddens), and his brother Joseph Bint. A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Crowfoot, 82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Red Cross, 1305 11 Avenue Southwest #100, Calgary, AB, Telephone: 403-541-6100. The family would like to thank Dr. McKenna and the caring staff of Unit 71 & 72, Foothills Medical Centre, as well as the Carewest Beddington C3 team. In living memory of Bill Bint, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park. (The Calgary Herald 10 Mar 2016)

 

HMCS ATHABASKAN

BONTER, George Milton - Peacefully passed away February 26, 2012 with his family by his side. Beloved husband to Helena for 56 years. Loving father to Terry Kennedy-Maynard (Carl), Patricia Rutherford (Caroline) and Michael (Christine). Cherished grandfather to Christopher Cochrane (Sarah), David Bonter, Stephen Bonter and Victoria Bonter . Survived by sister Judy Hallworth. George was an active member of Holy Name of Mary Parish, 3rd Degree member of Holy Family Council 4386 and a 4th Degree member of Dean Wagner Assembly. Visitation will be held at Janisse Bros.-Marcotte Funeral Home, 1139 Ouellette Ave., 519-253-5225, on Thursday, March 1st from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Parish prayers at 4:30 p.m. Prayers by the Knights of Columbus 3rd and 4th Degree on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The Colour Guard is asked to gather at 7 p.m. Funeral service will take place Friday, March 2nd from the funeral home at 10 a.m. to Holy Name of Mary Church for Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society. (The Toronto Star 28 Feb 2012)

 

HMCS MICMAC, HMCS OUTREMONT, HMCS HAIDA

BOUTIN, Roger Joseph - of Lower Sackville, passed away peacefully on March 11, 2016, at the age of 83. Roger was the son of Joseph and Albertine Boutin, and the loving husband of Jeannie Somers Boutin. Roger served 37 years in public service with the Royal Canadian Navy and Canada Customs. He also worked for C.N.I.B. He was a 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus, a member of the Sackville Legion, Chiefs and P.O.’s Association and a trustee of H.M.C.S. Sackville. Roger loved music and played piano and drums. He will be remembered for his great love for his family, his wonderful sense of humour and his dedication to volunteering in his church and community. Predeceased by his brothers, Leo, Edgar, Arthur and Ron. He is survived by his wife, Jeannie and children, Pat Hanna (Ron), Judy Doyle, (Bob) Vicky Edgell, Dorothy-Ann Vincent (Ernie), Ted Boutin (Sharon), Lee Boutin, Tracey Boutin-Gale (Rob). He is also survived by 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff of the Palliative Care Unit, VG Site, QEII, for their care and assistance, allowing Roger to pass with dignity. Also, a special thank you to friends and family for all their support, meals, cards and prayers. The funeral will take place on Wednesday, March 16, at 1 p.m. in St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Sackville. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your favorite charity.

BURNETT, Gerald Clarke (The Rifleman), PO1, CD, RCN - 67, Bedford and Lily Lake, passed away peacefully Wednesday, August 6, 2003, in the Palliative Care Unit, VG Site, QEII. Born August 30, 1935, in Sydney, he was a son of the late James Branch and Florence (Clarke) Burnett. Gerald is survived by his wife of 47 years, the former Dorothy Cornelius; daughter, Troi-Lynn; son, Thane Clarke (Brigitte); grandchildren, Samantha, Genvieve, Nicholas, Michelle; brother, Jim; special niece and nephew, Karen and Michael Bingham, who he adopted with his heart. He enjoyed life to the fullest and lived it with great gusto and laughter. Gerald served on ships HMCS Quebec (Queens Coronation), Iroquois (Korean Service), Granby, Micmac, Labradore, Restigouche, Cape Scott, Fort Erie, Yukon, Ottawa, Skeena, Margaree and Saguanay. A marksman, hence the nickname, he shot for the highest honours. He swam, played competitive water polo, fly fished, played bridge, boxed, hunted, Ham radio (VE1 GUN) and loved anything with a challenge. May he now be standing in a wonderful river, on a sunny day, casting with a perfect fly for the perfect fish. Cremation has taken place under the care and direction of Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Rd., Halifax, where a private family service will be held. A reception, in which all are invited to attend, will be held 1 p.m. Saturday in Lily Lake. No flowers by request. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Gerald's memory to QEII Health Sciences Centre (specify Medical Day Unit or Palliative Care Unit), Bethune Building, Foundation Office R-B04, Halifax, NS B3H 2Y9 would be appreciated.  (The Halifax Herald 07 Aug 2003)

 

HMCS QUEBEC, HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS GRANBY, HMCS MICMAC, HMCS LABRADOR, HMCS RESTIGOUCHE, HMCS CAPE SCOTT, HMCS FORT ERIE, HMCS YUKON, HMCS OTTAWA, HMCS SKEENA, HMCS MARGAREE, HMCS SAGUENAY

CADWALLADER, Charles William Arthur - With sadness we announce the passing of Bill Cadwallader on December 7th, 2006. Born November 17, 1927 in Victoria, a native son of Esquimalt, to Charles Medley and Marjorie Grace Cadwallader, Bill is survived by his loving wife Colleen, sons Bob (Kathy); Gerry(Debra); Les (Carol); David (Peg); nine grandchildren, one great-granddaughter; sister Gwenyth (Roger) Bazett; brother Edward; and dog, Kelly. Bill apprenticed as a shipwright at HMCS Dockyard in 1944. He worked on the Fraser Valley Floods (1948) as an army reservist then joined the RCN in 1948. He retired in 1969 and immediately joined Island Tug and Barge as a salvage diver, retiring again in 1992. Bill was a life member of the Chief and Petty Officers' Association. Bill was known for his strong interest in the local waterfront having made Saxe Point Park his childhood playground. Like his mother and father, music was an integral part of Bill's life. He played euphonium with passion with the brass and pipe band of the Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's); HMCS Ontario ship's band; Gizeh Temple Shrine Club Band; and was a founding member of the Chief and Petty Officer's Association Band, where he was so proud to have been associated with so many fine musicians. In his youth Bill used to ride his bicycle all over town, picking up his SUN newspapers at the CPR terminal, delivering them throughout VicWest and Esquimalt every morning before school. During his service with the RCN, Fighting Communist Aggression", Bill was one of 51 Canadian servicemen selected to witness Operation Teapot", the testing of an atomic blast at Yucca Flats, Nevada, in 1955. Bill was never afraid to express himself and will always be remembered as a builder of boats, furniture and houses. He was grateful to have been able to revisit the family cabin Tiki House" at Youbou where his sons and grandchildren swam and rowed around in his rebuilt clinker boats. Always a strong swimmer, Bill is remembered for his classic swims around the island and through the lily pads at Lake Cowichan. Bill and Colleen built their retirement home in Metchosin in 1996, where he became known as the Mayor of Hi-Mount" by his many neighbourhood friends. Special memories include playing cards with the Clarke families. The family thanks the Palliative Care Unit for all their support. Stand Easy, Chief! Funeral Service will be held at the Church of the Advent, 510 Mount View Avenue, Victoria, B.C. on Thursday, December 14, 2006 at 2pm. Reception to follow. Flowers gratefully declined, donations may be made to the Victoria Cancer Clinic, 2410 Lee Avenue, Victoria, B.C., V8R 6V5 and Victoria Hospice Society, 1952 Bay Street, Victoria, B.C. V8R 1J8. (The Times Colonist 12 Dec 2006)

CAIGER-WATSON, Ross, RCNVR (1923-2012) - A Veteran of World War II, Founder and Former owner - Caiger-Watson Insurance, proudly serving Ottawa for the past 50 Years. In Florida on March 16th following a brief illness. Beloved husband of Helen (nee Langlois). Loving father of Rosslyn (David Biernaskie) and Philip (Betsy). Proud grandfather of Alison and Maggie. Brother of Francis (Marilyn). Friends are invited to attend a reception to celebrate Ross' life at the HMCS Bytown Mess, 78 Lisgar Street, Ottawa on Wednesday, May 23rd from 2-4 p.m. Arrangements in care of the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry. Donations in Ross' memory to the Salvation Army or the Humane Society would be appreciated. (The Ottawa Citizen 12 May 2012)

CAIN, Peter A. - Of West Vancouver passed away peacefully November 21, 2010 at Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver at age 91. Predeceased by his wife Janet of 61 years in 2004. Sadly missed by his son Peter Cain, daughters Janice Bosley and Mary Cain. He is survived by his sister Sylvia O'Brian and brother Barney Cain. He was born in Temiscaming, Quebec on December 24, 1918 and grew up in Timmins, Creighton and Sudbury. He attended St. Aloysius School, Sudbury High School and Queen's University Sc'43 graduating in Mining Engineering. At Queen's he was Intercollegiate Boxing Champion 1939 - 40 and President of the Engineering Society 1943. Upon graduation he served afloat with the RCNVR. He served as a member, Vice Chairman and then Chairman of the Board of Governors of the University of Manitoba receiving an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws in 1975. His career in mining took him to Nababeep in South Africa and to Tsumeb in South West Africa until 1955. He moved to Lynn Lake, Manitoba to work with Sherritt Gordon Mines until 1975. He moved to Toronto until 1978 when he moved back to Africa with CIDA to work for Botswana Government as Mining Commissioner in Gaberone until 1987 when he retired to West Vancouver. Special thanks to the Nurses, Care Aides and Staff of Lynn Valley Care Centre who cared for Peter. Your compassion and caring will never be forgotten. In lieu of flowers, donations to your favorite charity would be appreciated. No Service by request. Hollyburn Funeral Home 604-922-1221 (The Province 04 Dec 2010)

CAMERON, John Laing (Ian) - Peacefully, on Wednesday, March 9th, 2005 at the Gimli Community Health Center, Ian Cameron, aged 79 years of Gimli. Ian was born in Troon, Scotland on October 7th, 1925. Ian moved to Toronto in 1954 after serving in the Royal Navy as a radioman at the end of the Second World War. His love for the navy lasted all his life, including serving 24 years in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve, retiring from HMCS York in 1978 as a Chief Petty Officer. Highlights of his time in the Navy included assisting in disaster relief efforts during hurricane Hazel in Toronto, having the honour of raising the new Canadian flag at Natman Philips Square in 1965 and meeting Lord Louis Mountbatten. He moved to Manitoba in 1978 to work for AGDA Space Systems, assisting with scientific rocket testing of the Aurora Borealis, based out of Gimli from 1978 until the Government shut down the facility in 1985. His last years were spent at the Betel Home in Gimli where he was well cared for by the kind staff. Ian was predeceased by his wife Elizabeth and his brother Jim. He is survived by his six children, Heather, Jim, Ross, Lorna, Bruce and Craig; nine grandchildren, Cameron, Kim, Becky, Tara, Dylan, Jade, Marnie, Owen and Maya; four great-grandchildren, Alex, Emily, Lachlan and Rachel. Ian's ashes will be interred at Glen Lawn Memorial Gardens in Winnipeg and a Memorial Gathering with take place on Sunday, March 13th from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Jim and Sharon Cameron's home in Toronto (416) 450-5040. In lieu of flowers, donation's in his memory can be made to the Healing Garden at the Gimli Community Health Centre, Box 250, Gimli, MB., R0C 1B0. Gilbart Funeral Home, Gimli in care of arrangements. (The Winnipeg Free Press 12 Mar2005)

 

HMCS YORK

CAREWICK, Reynold J. (Rene) - passed away peacefully in his sleep on August 20, 2013, at the age of 90. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years Aline (Adam), daughter Sharon, grandchildren Adam, Dawn (Matt Bond), daughter-in-law Khandis, grandchildren Jonathan, Jake and sister Vera Quistberg Rene was predeceased by his son James, son- in-law Mark Smith, parents Frank and Mary Carewick and brother Earnest (Barbara). Rene worked for Canada Packers as maintenance mechanic for 48 years. During the Second World War Rene served in the RCNVR (Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve). Rene especially loved being with family and friends. Both Rene and Aline enjoyed square dancing for many years. He shared many special moments and stories with family and friends at their cabin on the Winnipeg River in Kenora. Rene was particularly proud of his grandchildren and enjoyed telling stories and teaching them world lessons. Memorial Service will be held Friday, August 30, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Glen Eden Funeral Home, 4477 Main Street. Interment and reception to follow. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Riverview Hospital, 1 Morley Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R3L 9Z9 or CancerCare Manitoba, 675 McDermot Avenue, Room ON1160, Winnipeg, MB R3E 0V9. Rene's family would like to thank the staff at Riverview and his home care nurse Richard for the care he received. Glen Eden Funeral Home 338-7111 (The Winnipeg Free Press 28 Aug 2013)

CARRINGTON, James Henry (Jim) (24 Jul 1924 - 24 Nov 2008) - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jim Carrington after a courageous battle with leukemia. He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be dearly missed by his sons: Rick (Irene) and Gary (Patti), grandchildren Sarah, Shannon, Amy and James and numerous great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his loving wife Blanche in September 2007, two brothers Allan and Robert, and three sisters Eva, Irene and Thelma. After leaving the Navy, Jim was employed by the Calgary Fire Department from 1946 to his well-earned retirement in l984. He was also an active member of The Chief's & P.O.'s mess at HMCS Tecumseh, as well as the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 264 and the RNA Club. He loved all sports and was an accomplished athlete. Golf was his passion until the old body would not allow him to play, but he still followed it closely on television. As were his wishes, there will be no Service but there will be a celebration of his life at the Royal Canadian Legion No. 264 (1910 Kensington Road N.W.), Calgary, Alberta in the RKR on Monday, December 1, 2008 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Naval Museum or the Foothills Hospital Burn Unit. Arrangements in care of Lawrence (Larry) Slywka and Patrick Slywka of Slywka's - Cochrane Country Funeral Home of Calgary and Cochrane, Alberta. Telephone: 1-403-932-1039. (The Calgary Herald 26 Nov 2008)

CARSON, Lorne (Vance) Born: July 27, 1926, Roblin, MB. Beloved husband of Sybil Carson (nee Macdonald) of Calgary, passed away on Friday, October 31, 2014 at the age of 88 years. Vance graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1951 with a BA degree and financed his 4 years of University by attending the University Naval Training Division in Esquimalt during the summers and acquired his commission in the Royal Canadian Navy. He then met Sybil while they were volunteering at HMCS Chippewa in Winnipeg during the flood of 1951 and they began a future of memories together. Joining Schlumberger Canada as a junior field engineer, Vance advanced to Senior Management positions where he was transferred to other divisions in Michigan, New York and then eventually, Beirut, Lebanon. While stationed in Beirut, he had fantastic travelling opportunities such as exploring his enjoyment of sailing; spending a summer cruising around the Greek Islands with his family. Vance retired from Schlumberger when he turned 47 and returned to Canada where he and Sybil built a home-style ranch on Rider Lake Mountain outside Chilliwack, complete with guest cabin and stable. His love of the sea called upon him to buy a sailboat in England, which he then sailed through the French canals to the Mediterranean, through Gibraltar to the Atlantic ending up in Barbados. He sailed the Islands for 8 years with Sybil, family and many friends joining regularly. With the sailing lifestyle conquered, Vance turned his thoughts to family and joined Sybil in Calgary as their permanent home together. His passion for woodworking started a third chapter of his life. Building furniture for family and friends quickly escalated to household renovations, performed in a business partnership with good friends. At the age of 75, the heavy lifting took a physical toll and Vance reduced his activities in construction, instead turning his attentions to travel. The freedom of retirement allowed Vance and Sybil to experience interesting cruises, travel across Canada, USA, Great Britain, Ireland, Scotland and Italy. He formally retired from his handyman career at the age of 82. Vance always set goals for himself; and with the love and support of his family, he met them all during his 88 years. Recently he was asked the question, "What else do you want to do?" and he replied…"My bucket is empty." Besides his loving wife of sixty- two years, Vance is survived by five daughters and three sons-in-law, Karen and Gene Blakely, Cathy Carson, Lynda and Rory Smith, Tracy Carson and Jane and Scott Sibley; twelve grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Dorothy Wright and Margaret Beddoes and numerous relatives. A Gathering will be held at a later date. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Alberta Cancer Foundation, c/o Tom Baker Cancer Centre, or directly to the Chinook Hospice, 1261 Glenmore Trail S.W., Calgary. In living memory of Vance Carson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park. (The Calgary Herald 07 Nov 2014)

CARTER, Gordon Henry (11 Apr 1921 - 03 Oct 2010) - It is with saddened hearts that the family of Gordon announces his sudden passing. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, he leaves his wife, Melva of 67 years; daughters, Marilyn Webb (Ron), Sheralyn Grant (Ken) and Lorraine Armstrong (Pat); 8 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. He also leaves his sister, Ethel Porter of Sidney B.C and his brother Gerald of Victoria, B.C. Gordon was predeceased by a brother Donald. Gordon and Melva were married in Vancouver in 1943. Gordon was serving in the RCNVR at the time and travelled all around the world. After the War, Gordon and Melva moved to Victoria, where he joined his father and brothers, who founded Individual Dry Cleaners in 1946. He continued working happily until he was eighty-five. Gordon was a long time member of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and became President and later a Senator of the Junior Chamber of Commerce. He enjoyed long time memberships in Gyros, Capital City Commercial Club and the Union Club. Gordon was active on both the boards of Oak Bay and Victoria Police Departments. Many happy times were spent by Gordon and Melva aboard their 41' boat CarMel II." The family would like to thank the many wonderful staff members at Broadmead Lodge for all the tender loving care. A special thank-you is extended to Dr. Kelly and Dr. MacPherson. A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, November 5, 2010 at 1:30 p.m. at Broadmead Lodge in the Oak Room, 4579 Chatterton Way, Victoria, BC, V8X 4Y7. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Broadmead Lodge or charity of choice. (The Times Colonist 09 Oct 2010)

CARTER, Michael Patrick - 60, passed away on May 19, 2007, in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. Born in Montreal on March 1, 1947, he was a son of the late Josephine (Pitman) and Raymond Joseph Carter. He served 29 years in the Canadian Forces (Navy) as an electrician. Following his release from the navy, he joined the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires, after which he became a long haul truck driver. His last job was with Pier Express in Harrietsfield. He is survived by his wife, Maxine Wilson-Carter; sons, Timothy (Aime Burke) and Shawn, all of Halifax; brothers, Charles, Calgary; James, Montreal; grandson, Patrick, Calgary. Michael was predeceased by his brother, Thomas (Montreal). He will be sadly missed by his family and his many friends. Cremation has taken place. Visitation will be held 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, May 23, in Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Rd., Halifax. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in Atlantic Funeral Home Chapel, Halifax. Reception following the service. Burial in St. John's Cemetery. Donations may be made to QEII Foundation or a charity of choice. (The Halifax Herald 22 May 2007)

 

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CHAPMAN, John Roger (25 Jul 1932 - 09 Mar 2016) - passed away suddenly on March 9, 2016 at the age of 83 years. He leaves to mourn his beloved wife of 59 years, Suzanne; loving family, Carol (Mel), Janet, John, Mark (Laury) and Timm (Molly) and three grandchildren, Michael, Aurora and Hunter. John joined the Navy in 1950 and was a veteran of the Korean War. He will be dearly missed and forever remembered. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in John's memory directly to The Lung Association, Alberta & NWT, P.O. Box 4500, Station South, Edmonton, AB T6E 6K2.

CHERNEY, Stanley (Stan) - Our beloved father passed away at Deer Lodge Centre, Winnipeg, on March 6, 2014. He is fondly remembered by his daughter Rhonda (Don), and sons Ron (Deborah) and Bruce, brother-in-law Peter (Jean) Thompson, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, as well as nieces and nephews and friends. Stan was born in Winnipeg on January 10, 1926. He was predeceased by his cherished wife, Thorey, his parents, Peter and Mary, his brother Gord and his sister Helen (Sywak). Stan volunteered to join the Royal Canadian Navy, serving from 1943 to 1945. After the war, he was a Firefighter with the Ministry of Transport in Churchill, Falconbridge and Shilo. Following his retirement, Stan and Thorey became Winter Texans. In Texas, Stan pursued his passion for golf, a sport he also played each summer every day in Gimli, where he and Thorey raised their family. Stan was an avid book reader, a true Blue Bomber fan and for many years was a season ticket holder. In addition, Stan loved baseball and periodically journeyed to Minneapolis to watch Major League Baseball games. It was his passion for travel that encouraged him and Thorey to visit many exotic locations. In particular, they enjoyed the adventure provided by the many ports of call when travelling aboard cruise ships. Stan's family wish to thank the nurses and staff of Tower 7 and most recently, Tower 6 for their compassionate care. We also like to thank those who visited with our dear dad over the last few years. He was well known to have a keen sense of humour, wit and charm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Stan's memory to the Health Science Centre Children's Hospital Foundation of Manitoba. A celebration of Stan's life will be held at a later date. We love you Dad (The Winnipeg Free Press 08 Mar 2014)

CHICK, Bernie - We are saddened to announce the passing of Bernie Chick early on Saturday, May 17, 2014. He died peacefully at the Maples Personal Care Home at the age of 88 years. Bernie will be greatly missed and forever remembered by his loving wife Eileen (Johnson), daughter Janice (Al), son-in-law Earl, grandchildren Amanda and Christopher, his sister Lillian, nephews and nieces, David, Dennis, Alexe, Christine and Diane. Bernie was predeceased by daughter Patrice, sister Olga (Wally) and brother Walter (Mary). Bernie joined the Navy in 1944 and was discharged in 1946. He worked at CN Railway for 32 years, retiring in 1988. The family wishes to thank the staff of Maples Personal Care Home for their kindness and patience, as well as the staff and Dr. Brar of Seven Oaks Hospital for their care and concern. A private family service will be held. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations may be made to a charity of one's choice. Neil Bardal Funeral Centre (The Winnipeg Free Press 31 May 2014)

CHIPMAN, William Pennock, Cdr, MID, VRD (RMC 2519) - It is with sadness we announce the passing of our beloved father who died peacefully in his sleep in his 91st year, at home in Oakville, Ontario on Sunday, 25 January, 2009. Bill attended Royal Military College in Kingston where, in 1939, at the beginning of his fourth year he and his classmates were graduated early to serve in WWII. He was seconded to the Royal Navy as a First Lieutenant assigned to submarine-hunting duty in the North Atlantic for the duration of the war. Bill served with the famous Captain John F. Walker's group where, in an unparalleled action, they sank six submarines in ten days. Following this event and during a well-deserved leave in 1944, the only son of Marjorie Cowan Pennock and Kenneth Gordon Chipman, married Beatrice Elaine Kemp. Bill was the devoted father of Kenneth (and his wife, Marion) of St. Catharines, and of Jill (and her husband, Don) of Edmonton. In 1985, Bill lost his much-loved first wife, Beatrice. A quiet man, Bill amazed and delighted his children by eloping, in February, 1987 in Palm Springs, with Marnie Taylor (nee Duncan), a long time family friend from Ottawa. The Chipman-Taylor family immediately and happily enlarged to include Gary (and his wife, Barbara), ever-caring Scott (and his wife, Kathy), all of Oakville, and Dorothy of Winnipeg. Bill also leaves four grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren and many step-great-grandchildren. The family delighted in Bill's amusing company--an observant, open-minded and knowledgeable contributor to all gatherings. He valued his numerous long-lasting friendships. Bill and Marnie enjoyed their extensive travels and, above all, their family times. A celebration of Bill's life will be held on Friday, January 30, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. at St. Jude's Church in Oakville, Ontario. A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in Bill's name may be sent to the Kidney Foundation of Canada. (The National Post 16 Feb 2009)

 

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CHISHOLM, John Burns - born on the family homestead at Sedalia, AB on January 8, 1923 and passed away on December 20, 2007 at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital with his family by his side. Burns leaves his wife Fay, son Randy (Cheryl), daughter Cheryl Rudko (Art) grandchildren Rory (Holly) Ryan, Kari (Mike) and step grandchildren Aubree (Steve) Harrison & Cassandra; Nathan (Shandelle) Nolan and Keira; brother Merritt (Bennie) and sisters Ruthie (Denis) Lorna (Stu). Burns was predeceased by his infant grandson Brett. Burns grew up in Red Deer AB and served in the RCNVR during WWII. Following his discharge, he established the first bus service in Red Deer. Burns and Fay were married in l947 and moved from Alberta to Brandon, MB in 1954. In 1963 the family moved to Virden, MB where he was the owner/operator of a General Motors Dealership. As a member of the Virden community he served on town council as well as being a member of many community groups. Burns never just belonged; he always took an active role and was on the executive of many organizations over the years. Burns and Fay retired to the Saanich Peninsula in 1986. Burns belonged to the Glen Meadows Golf Club, the ART APP organization (retired Naval engine room artificers), the Clan Chisholm Society and was a member of the Brentwood Bay Probus Club. He enjoyed playing bridge and loved music, which was evidenced by the years spent with the Victoria Village Squires. He gave generously of his time to all, whether it was teaching his grandsons the finer points of driving and pool, showing his granddaughter the treasures on the beach or helping at the many social functions at Country Park Village. Some highlights of the past few years included going to Inverness, Scotland with his family to attend the Clan Chisholm gathering in 2006 and in May 2007, the celebration of his & Fay's 60th wedding anniversary. A Celebration of Burns' life will be held Sunday, January 6 at 2:00 p.m. St. Stephen's Memorial Church Hall, 7921 St. Stephen's Rd, Saanichton, BC (off Mt Newton X Rd). In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Burns to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation Palliative Care Unit, 2166 Mount Newton X Road, Saanichton BC, V8M 2B2. (The Time Colonist 23 Dec 2007)

CHURCHILL, Michael Fraser - died in Calgary on April 15, 2012. He was born in Tientsin China in 1939. Survived by his wife Isabelle, daughter Jane, son Geoffrey, three grandchildren, one greatgrandson; brothers, Anthony, Jonathan, Simon and sister Jane (Crofton). He graduated from St. Louis College and HMCS Venture. Mike retired from the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander and then worked for the British Columbia Provincial Government. Private funeral arrangements. (the Victoria Times-Colonist 27 Apr 2012)

 

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CIANFLONE, Frank - Born in Bruno, Saskatchewan, November 16, 1921. Deceased August 26, 2005. RCNVR Veteran V34609. Predeceased by son Tony Patrick. Survived by wife of 60 years Lorna Yvonne Cianflone (nee Kilby); daughter Karen and her sons Devon and Sean; daughter Glenys (Robert Turcotte). No memorial service by request. In lieu of flowers, a donation to a charity of your choice would be appreciated. When I come to the end of the road And the sun has set for me I want no rites in a gloom filled room Why cry for a soul set free Miss me a little but not too long And not with your head bowed low Remember the love that we once shared Miss me but let me go For this is the journey that we must take And each must go alone It's all a part of the Master's plan A step on the road to home When you are lonely and sick at heart Go to the friends we know And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds Miss me but let me go (The Province 04 Sep 2005)

CLACKSON, Gerald Norman (Gerry) (1930-2016) - With family by his side, Gerry Clackson passed away on March 13, 2016 at the age of 86. He left his family and community the rich legacy of a life well and fully lived, and is survived and adored by his wife of 64 years, Sheila (McRuvie). He was a devoted father to his four children Karen (Fedyk), Kim (Donna), Kevin (Kari Fox) and Karleen (Rob Steele), and proud of his grandchildren, Ashlee (Max), Jeff, Nicole (Dan), Matthew (Grace), Christopher, Parker, Heidi, Kaelee and Kami and his great-grandchildren Gabriel, Alexia and Miller. Gerry's brother, David (Joann), and sisters-in-law Lois and Donna also mourn his passing, as do countless friends, business associates and clients. Gerry was predeceased by infant daughter, Sherry Dawn, his parents, Norman and Elizabeth, and his siblings Jean (Gord), Barbara, Don and Steve. Gerald Norman Clackson was born into a Tisdale farming family, and sustained his love for Saskatchewan, in all its diversity and beauty, throughout his life. Whether fishing or canoeing "up north", hunting ducks and geese, criss-crossing grid roads or driving the north industrial area of Saskatoon in his big black truck, Gerry shared his love of the outdoors with his family and led many young men to appreciate the benefits of Boy Scout wisdom. He had great adventures that provided ample material for his legendary and plentiful stories, which his children and grandchildren can repeat by heart. Gerry also appreciated the potential Saskatchewan land held for development, and his enthusiasm for the real estate industry never diminished during his 52-year career. The north industrial area of Saskatoon, nicknamed "Clackson Country", thrived due to Gerry's energy and vision, and his passion for "doing deals" was only surpassed by his integrity and dedication to his clients. Inspired by his enthusiasm and seizing the opportunity to learn from one of the best, all four of Gerry and Sheila's children entered the real estate business, and three grandchildren are now following his lead. Gerry also loved hockey, as a fan, player, proud father of two sons who excelled in the game, and grandfather of the next generation of skaters. Gerry spent time scouting for the WCHL (now WHL), logging countless miles driving across the prairies to watch games, or parking on country roads trying to hear a game's play by play in the car. His big belt buckles were testament to his affinity for rodeo and his radio dial was always tuned to the country station. Gerry embodied old-fashioned values; family, hard work and strength balanced with kindness and generosity, and he never let a day go by without kissing his wife. He met Sheila at Mayfair Public School, and they attended Bedford Road Collegiate together. He married the love of his life in 1951. Gerry served many years in the Royal Canadian Navy, prior to bringing the family back to Saskatoon in 1962 when he began his real estate career. He and Sheila then built their house on Neilson Crescent, and to this day, it remains a home full of family, dogs, chaos, and many memories. Gerry will be honoured at a Celebration of his Life on Friday, March 18 at 1 p.m. at McClure United Church, 4025 Taylor Street East with a reception following. Condolences can be registered at gerryclackson@gmail.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hillcrest Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, and in memory of all the dogs and cats Gerry loved throughout his life, the family would gratefully appreciate donations to the Saskatoon SPCA. (The Saskatoon StarPhoenix 16 Mar 2016)

CLARK, Donald, Cdr, CD, RCN - Born 7 September 1915 at 111 Fotheringay Road, Pollockshields, Glasgow, Scotland and died 12 January 2007 at Saanich Peninsula Hospital. Donald was the son of Dr. Donald Clark MB ChB (Glasgow 1907) and Esther Thomson. Donald was also the last surviving grandson of James Rodger Thomson of J&G Thomson Shipbuilding, Clydebank, Scotland and Marion Paterson Neilson daughter of William Neilson of Orbiston House, Bothwell, Scotland; and Councillor William Shearer Clark of Wishaw, Scotland and his wife Margaret Dawson Jack. Donald was predeceased by his beloved wife Phoebe in 1984 and son Grant in 2005. He was also predeceased by his father (1928), mother (1973) and siblings Marion Elma Clark (1992), James Thomson Clark (1914) and William Shearer Clark (2002) and his step-mother Jessie McDonald Baxter of Sydney, Australia (1955). Donald is survived by his loving daughter Anne Lynch at the family home in Sidney, BC. Donald was born during World War I and did not see his father until the wars' end in 1918 when Capt. Donald Clark, Royal Army Medical Corps returned home after serving in France and Greece. The family broke up in the early 1920's with Dr. Clark eventually settling and remarrying in Salonika, Greece where he founded Harman Keiu Hospital. The effects of both diabetes and malaria ravaged Dr. Clark's health and he and his new wife moved to Australia where he died in 1928. Esther and the children came to Canada in 1928 and settled in Montreal. Donald was placed in Weredale House Orphanage for Boys in 1929 and stayed there until 1933. By 1938, Donald had worked for RCAVictor and the Foxboro Instrument Company in Montreal and was an apprentice electrician. In 1940, Donald joined the RCNVR and, after receiving his journeyman's papers, worked on radar at the National Research Council with installations following and transferred to the RCN in 1945. In the RCN, Donald became heavily involved in shipbuilding and helped write the manual for Principal Naval Overseers as well as overseeing the building of HMCS Nipigon and HMCS Bras d'Or in Sorel, Quebec. Donald then had come full circle from the founding of the shipyard of J&G Thomson (later to be John Brown) in 1840 by his great grandfather George Thomson to overseeing the building of warships for the Canadian Navy in the 1960's. Donald retired from the RCN in 1966 and became a successful realtor in Victoria. He gradually retired from his second career and became caregiver after his beloved Phoebe had a severe stroke in 1975. Donald will be sorely missed by his daughter Anne who dedicated her family research to him and so enjoyed their 54 years of fishing together. He will also be missed by many family members and friends not only here in Canada but in Scotland, England, New Zealand, and Australia, and of course the "very best neighbours anyone could have ". My heartfelt thanks to Dr. Linda Wilson, nurse Mary Chee and all the people at Veterans Affairs who did so much to make Dad comfortable and enabled him to stay in his own home. By request, there will be a gathering in Donald's honour at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations to Saanich Peninsula Hospital in memory of Donald would be greatly appreciated. (The Times Colonist 14 Jan 2007)

CLARK, Donald Stanley, Lt (P), RCN - Killed when his T-33 jet crashed at Vancouver  23 Nov 1963

 

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CLEMENTS, Francis George (Frank) (1917-2007) - a native Calgarian, passed away on Saturday, September 8 at the glorious age of 90. Frank was born and raised in Ogden. In 1934, at the age of seventeen, he became one of the first Ham Radio operators and was still an active operator until this year. When younger, Frank and his buddies enjoyed attending the weekly dances in Sylvan Lake, and it was on such a Saturday night in Sylvan Lake where he met his eventual wife, Frances. At the beginning of World War II, he enlisted in the Navy. For the duration of the war, Frank worked as a Radio Artificer, installing and repairing radios, and traveled all over, including Italy, Greece and Egypt. His skills were also put to use in Esquimalt and the west coast of Vancouver Island. Frank even spent three months on Race Rock living in a tent. Following the War, he was reunited with Frances and they married in 1948. They had two children, Rob and Nancy. Frank started Clements Radio where he installed the first radios in police cars and Yellow cabs. In 1953, the Clements' built a house in Spruce Cliff, which was only the second house to be built in the area. In 1975, Frank and Frankie built a cabin at Spur Valley. The grandchildren followed soon after: Brandy, Leigh, Tara and Jamie. For fifteen years, three generations of Clements' enjoyed the peace and comfort of the cabin, and it was the backdrop for many great moments in all of the Clements' lives. Frank finished his career with Telus (AGT) in 1982 and enjoyed a busy retirement. Frank and Frankie were happily married for fifty years until her death in 1998. After Frankie's passing, Frank remained in Spruce Cliff and spent most of his time in his garden, on his computer or on his ham radio. Frank was active in the Chief and Petty Officers Mess, R.C.V.A. (Corvette Club), N.O.A. and Bow Cliff Seniors. Friday lunches were reserved for meeting with his buddies at 264 Legion for some tall tales. He had an incredible green thumb, and has passed his passion, if not his uncanny gardening skills, to Nancy, Tara, Brandy and Leigh. Frank's love of sailing, the ocean and adventure now flows thick in the Clements' blood. Rob, Nancy, Brandy and Leigh are all avid sailors. Jamie received Frank's eagerness to explore the unknown, and the entire family seeks out adventure. Frank is survived by a sister, Bernice. He was predeceased by his other sister, Cathleen in 2005. Frank will be sincerely missed by family and his many buddies. A Memorial Service and reception will be held in the Chief and Petty Officers Mess at HMCS Tecumseh, 1820 - 24 Street S.W. on October 13, 2007 at 1300 hours. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Calgary Poppy Fund at No. 1, 4539 - 6 Street N.E., Calgary T2E 3Z6 (Phone 403-265-6304). Alberta Burial & Cremation Services (The Calgary Herald 15 Sep 2007)

CLEMENTS, Walter Alfred Hubbard - Died December 31, 2006 in Victoria General Hospital following a fall. Walter was born December 7, 1915 in Glasgow, Scotland and the family emigrated to Houghton, Saskatchewan in 1923. Walter is survived by his daughter, Donna V. M. Clements, niece Margaret Ritchie (and family) Glasgow; nephew Douglas (Margaret) Abercrombie (and family) Inchinnon. His wife, Elizabeth Bertha Hangartner, predeceased him in 1988. Walter joined the RCN in 1940 after being a member of the RCNVR in Saskatoon and Regina. Walter served in both WWII and Korea. Following his navel career, Walter joined McCall's funeral home where he was employed until retirement at age 65. Walter belonged to the Royal Canadian Legion and the Chief and Petty Officers' Association. He spent many happy hours on his boat the DONNA B trying to catch "the big one". He enjoyed lapidary and sculpturing leaving his daughter many treasures. Thanks to Dr. J. Laing for his care over the years and more recently Dr. C. Jenkins, geriatrician. With the help of the Juan de Fuca Home Support team and the Veterans Independence Program Walter was able to stay in his home until the end. No service by request. Flowers gratefully declined. Following cremation, his ashes will be scattered at sea. If so desired, donations may be made to the Parkinsons' Society. (The Times Colonist 05 Jan 2007)

CLOKE, John Francis (Jack) - Born 12 Aug 1907, passed away 17 Jul 2003. Jack spent many happy years working and living in Anyox, Copper Mountain and Allenby, prior to retiring in White Rock BC. Survived by wife Phyllis; sister Marjory and brother Tom; numerous nieces and nephews in B.C. and Ontario. Jack served in R.C.N.V.R. during WWII from Jan 1940 to Dec 1945, attaining the rank of Warrant Engineer. Belonged to Enoch Lodge No. 99, A.F. & A.M., B.C.R. Stewart, B.C, and Observatory R.A., Chapter No. 25, Princeton, BC. Funeral service to be held on Friday, 25th, July, at Chapel Hill Funeral Home, 14615 - 16th Ave, Surrey, BC at 11:00 am. Interment, Aberdeen Cemetery, Abbotsford, B.C. Special thanks to Dr. McCombie, Judith, Precious, Audrey and Brenda for their special care and attention given to Jack over the past few years. (The Vancouver Sun 22 Jul 2003)

COLDWELL, William Theodore (Bill) - Born in Manitoba, January 28, 1925. Died January 3, 2009 at V.G.H. with his loving wife Ruth, of 57 years and his family by his side. He was predeceased by his daughter Illa, his brother Don, sisters Edith and Beth, and his parents Perry and Mary. Bill is also survived by daughters Cheryl (Jim Harris), Lisa (David Dell), grandchildren Matthew, Joshua (Karie), Jason, Leah (Cory), Great-grandson Jeremy, brother Roy (Isobelle) and sister Judith (Bob Bilak). Bill Joined the Navy in 1943, at 17, serving on minesweepers and other vessels. In 1960 he became a submariner retiring in 1972. He then worked as a school custodian retiring in 1989 due to a heart attack. Bill loved all sports, especially curling. He was an avid fisherman, camper, he loved sitting around the campfire telling tall tales. He loved tinkering with old cars, gardening, and was a barbequer extraordinaire. He was a friend to everyone, loved by all, and will be deeply missed. The family wishes to thank the staff at Broadmead lodge's Veteran's Health Centre for making his short stay there so welcome and happy, also the nurses and doctors on the 6th floor N. at V.G.H. and Dr. (Gibby) McLean for his years of excellent care for Bill. Bill requested that there be no funeral. Friends and coffee buddies are invited for refreshments at Ryan's Restaurant, Brentwood Bay, on Sunday, January 18th between 12:30 2:30 PM. In Lieu of flowers, donations in Bill's memory may be made to the Heart & Lung foundation. When I come to the end of the road, And the sun has set for me, I want no rites in a gloom filled room, Why cry for a soul set free? Miss me a little, but not for too long and Not with your head bowed low, Remember the love that was and is shared, Miss me, but let me go. For this is a journey we all must take And each must go alone. It's all of the Master's plan A step on the road home. When you are lonely and sick of heart Go to the friends we know And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds, Miss me but let me go. (The Times Colonist 08 Jan 2009)

COOMBS, Paul Barr - passed away peacefully on January 15, 2008 in his 93rd year. Paul was a fortunate man. He was married to his wonderful Lois (Massey) for 28 years. After she died in 1971 he married his delightful Bunty (Roberts) with whom he has shared many happy years. He is survived by Bunty, his son John (Norinne), daughter Leslie Burkinshaw (Robert), his stepson Arthur (Skooke) Roberts (Jan), brother Jim (Ann) along with seven lovely grandchildren, Richard, Emily, Lynsey, Allison, Len, Rick, and Jennifer. Precious great-granddaughters, Christina and Rachael, also survive him. Born and educated in Toronto, he joined the Bank of Nova Scotia in 1933 in the middle of the great depression and served for 42 years in various managerial positions across Canada, retiring in 1975 as Assistant General Manager, BC. He served overseas with the R.C.N.V.R. in WWII joining as an Ordinary Seaman, rising through the ranks, being discharged as a Lieutenant. He was a fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers and a graduate of the Banff School of Advanced Management. In all the cities in which he lived, Toronto, Victoria, Winnipeg, Lethbridge, Ottawa, and Vancouver, he was active in a leadership role with business organizations and charitable institutions. Our deep appreciation to the doctors, nurses and caregivers at RJH, VGH and the Cridge Centre for Seniors who cared so compassionately for Paul over the last 14 months. Our family also thanks all of Paul's friends and caregivers for their support over the many years. Special thanks for Marsha Birney's devotion and to caregivers, Jackie, Christina and Suzanna, also Dr. Michael Mawdsley and Dr. Tom Connolly. When I come to the end of the road, And the sun has set for me, I want no tears or gloom filled room, Why cry for a soul set free. Miss me a little but not too long, And not with your head bowed low, Remember the love we all shared, Miss me but let me go. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. in MCCALL BROS. FLORAL CHAPEL, Johnson and Vancouver Streets, Victoria, the Reverend D. Hatfield officiating. A Reception will follow at the Victoria Golf Club, 1110 Beach Drive, Victoria. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice. (The Times Colonist 19 Jan 2008)

COPELAND, Charles Daubney, CPO, RCNVR (30 Aug 1912 - 26 Sep 2003) - I have fought the good fight, I have finished my course. I have kept the faith. On Friday, September 26 at Victoria General Hospital. Much loved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and loving husband; he is survived by his wife of over 60 years Helen (Pat) Copeland; his son Alan (Carol) and daughter Candy and many grandchildren; great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A Winnipeg native and Chief Petty Officer two ocean veteran of WWII RCNVR, he worked at Brigdens and was a co-founder of Progressive Colour Engraving and a past president of the Assiniboine Memorial Curling Club and co-owner of Flashing Stables. His life touched many others in this community. A memorial Mass to be held at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 2400 Portage Ave., at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, October 4. I am standing on the seashore. A ship spreads her white sails to the morning breeze, and starts for the ocean. She is an object of beauty, and I stand watching her until at last she fades on the horizon, and someone at my side says, "She is gone." "Gone where?" Gone from my sight, that is all. The loss of sight is in me, not in her, and just at that moment when someone says she is gone, there are others watching for her coming. Other voices take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!" (The Winnipeg Free Press 04 Oct 2003)

CORRIGAN, James Patrick - Passed away peacefully at Aberdeen Hospital, Victoria, BC on Sunday, September 3, 2006 and went to be with his Lord at the age of 84 years. Born in Fernie, BC on August 20, 1922. Predeceased by his parents, John and Margaret; and his three sisters, Margaret Rothel, Irene Chambers and Thelma Babuk. Lovingly remembered by his only brother, Jack; brother-in-law, Stan Babuk; nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and colleagues. James graduated from Fernie High School, was Student Body President and Valedictorian of his graduation class. He joined the RCNVR in 1942-1945. James was the Assistant City Clerk in Fernie and later became the City Clerk in Revelstoke, BC where he retired to Victoria to be with his family. James was a member of the Chief and Petty Officers Association and long time member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Thanks to Aberdeen Hospital for their warm and thoughtful care during his time with them. A Celebration of James' life will be held at McCall Bros. Floral Chapel, John and Vancouver Streets on Monday, September 11, 2006 at 11:00 am. Interment to follow at "God's Little Acre"-Veterans Cemetery on Colville Rd. A reception will follow the interment at the Esquimalt Legion. (The Times Colonist 09 Sep 2006)

COTTER, C. William - Passed away on February 9, 2011, as was his character he was determined until the end. Bill was born in Owen Sound and orphaned at 13. He joined the navy at 18, serving in WWII aboard the HMCS Charlottetown on the North Atlantic. Marrying Christine in 1948 was 'the best decision he ever made'. He worked as a tool and die maker then became a teacher in 1964, retiring as a department head at Northview Heights Secondary School in 1990. He was a gifted artist in wood and metal, making furniture and specializing in marquetry. Predeceased by Christine. Bill is survived by daughter Linda (Bruce) Hemming, son Don (Marlene), grandsons Daniel, Ben, Mark (Cassandra) and Matthew and great- granddaughter Cadence. Friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Road (north of Lawrence Ave. W.), Weston, on Saturday, February 26th from 10:30 a.m. until time of Memorial Service in the chapel at 11:30 a.m. Reception to follow at Weston Golf and Country Club. In lieu of flowers, donations to either the Ontario Lung Association or Graceview Presbyterian Church would be appreciated. (The Toronto Star 14 Feb 2011)

 

HMCS CHARLOTTETOWN

COTTRELL, Laurie (03 Aug 1920, Calgary, AB - 22 Sep 2014 Victoria, B.C.) - Teacher, musician, environmentalist Laurie died peacefully at Glengarry Hospital after a long and eventful life. He is predeceased by his wife, Meryl (Crouse) and his brother James Trelfa. He joined the navy in 1941 and was stationed for the war in Halifax as an electrical artificer, installing radar sets in various vessels. He married in 1945, took a degree from U of A, and became principal of Airdrie Consolidated School. After leaving Alberta, he re-enlisted as an officer in the RCN and was posted to Victoria in 1952 as an Instructor Lieutenant. Following his departure from the regular force in 1958, he spent the rest of his career teaching at the Fleet School at CFB Esquimalt and later at Esquimalt High. He stayed very active in the RCN Reserve, serving for many years as the CO of the University Naval Training Division of HMCS Malahat. Laurie was very active in many aspects of the community. He was a founding member of what today is known as the Victoria Association for Community Living, as well as helping establish the Unitarian Church of Victoria, of which he was made an Elder in 2004. While teaching at Esquimalt High, Laurie pioneered an environmental awareness club and was very active in forming a local branch of the environmental watchdog organization S.P.E.C. Laurie was also appreciated as a superb musician by his many friends, playing the piano and organ daily. Laurie is survived by his daughter Beverley and son Bruce (Colette) of Golden, B.C. A celebration of Laurie's life is to be held at the First Unitarian Church, 5575 West Saanich Road. on Friday October 17, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Laurie's name to the Victoria Association for Community Living, 3861 Cedar Hill Cross Road, V8P 2M7 would be most appreciated. (The Victoria Times Colonist 11 Oct 2014)

 

CFB ESQUIMALT (CFFSE), HMCS MALAHAT

COULTER, James Robert Boardman (Jay), Cdr, RCN (16 May 1920 - 17 Dec 2004) - In Lady Minto Hospital on Salt Spring Island after a 6 month battle with leukemia. Jay Coulter was a vibrant, adventurous man of great intelligence, inquisitiveness and humour. Jay loved life: he used to say he had fun doing whatever came his way, both in his career and in his personal life. Jay was born in Montreal. He entered the Royal Canadian Navy in 1941 and spent most of the war in the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean carrying out the dangerous work of protecting convoys. He turned his wartime exposure to torpedo anti-submarine and mine warfare into his area of specialization after the war. Although some of his appointments were on land, Jay preferred being at sea and was proud that he had been given command of so many ships. This poem that he loved expresses his connection with the sea: Why should I follow the tracks of man When the trackless seas are free? Why bind myself to a ribbon of dust When the waters are calling me? Jay retired from the navy in 1965 and embarked upon a completely different career. He held a number of senior positions in the federal government in areas as varied as Lester B Pearson's War on Poverty, regional and economic expansion (New Brunswick) and the UN Conference on Human Settlements (Habitat). He ended his public service career in 1978 as the Associate Director of Heritage Canada. Jay had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. He read voraciously and he loved to travel and experience different cultures. At last count he had visited 75 countries. Three years ago he went to China and Japan; the following year he was in Greece. Jay knew a lot about wine too and in the 1980's, as head of the Vancouver Island branch of the Opimium Society, he had the good fortune to go to wine tastings in several countries. When he was in his 70's, he took up sculpting and produced some fine figurative and abstract work. Jay had a wonderful sense of humour. His daughter Marnie shared and will miss his love of whimsy. Jay loved to tell stories and his family and friends shared wonderful -and often hilarious-times with him discussing his experiences and insights. You could always count on being offered a glass when you visited him. Above all Jay was an outdoor person. He loved working in the garden and tinkering with everything in sight that needed repair. His daughter Margot will always treasure the hours she and her father shared gardening and fixing up her house during his visits to Kingston. During winter months spent in Mexico with his travelling companion Louise, Jay was forever out and about exploring the countryside by foot and/or bus. His son Mark once asked him what in his various careers had given him the most satisfaction. He replied, being the captain of my own ship. Jay Coulter was the captain of his own ship right to the end and will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. Jay is predeceased by his wife Priscilla (nee Wright). He is survived by his children, Marnie in Victoria, Mark on Salt Spring Island and Margot in Kingston, Ontario; in Ontario, by his sister Leslie who adored her big brother and on Salt Spring Island, by his loving friend Louise Woodward. At Jay's request, there will be no funeral or memorial service. The family wishes to thank the doctors and nurses at the Lady Minto Hospital on Salt Spring Island for their compassion and care. Anyone wishing to mark Jay's passing may make a donation to the hospital's palliative care unit through the Lady Minto Hospital Foundation, 135 Crofton Road, Salt Spring Island, V8K 1T1. Also to Salt Spring's Hospice whose members were so helpful in Jay's final days. (Bessie Dane Foundation and Hospice, Ganges Post Office No. 521, Salt Spring Island, BC V8K 2W2). (The Times Colonist 24 Dec 2004)

 

HMCS ALGOMA, HMCS SWANSEA, HMCS CRESCENT, HMCS ASSINIBOINE, HMCS FORT ERIE, HMCS NIAGARA

COURTNEY, George Warren - Born in Nanaimo on December 26, 1923 and moved with family to Vancouver in 1939. Passed away peacefully on Friday, August 22, 2014 at St. Jude's Anglican Home, Vancouver. He leaves to honour his life his wife of nearly 70 years, Elizabeth (Jean), three children Elizabeth (Chris Stevens), Barbara (Brian Argue), Warren (Donna). Also eight grandchildren Derek Stevens (Amanda), Angela Stevens (Tristan Pratt), Brent Argue, Brock Argue (Christine), Kevin Courtney (Audra), Jeff Courtney (Jen), Steven Courtney (Mindy), David Courtney (Michelle) and ten great-grandchildren Auden and Ethan Courtney, Noah, Ian and Alyson Courtney, Maxwell Stevens, Abigail and Alexa Argue, and Olivia and Brielle Courtney. Also several cousins, nieces and nephews. George was a World War II veteran in RCNVR and he worked for the Federal Government for 38 years. He was a very active member of The Salvation Army Church where he was a fine Christian example to both young and old and committed to his family and friends. He had many hobbies and excelled in them all. Special thanks to St. Jude's and all the staff for their loving care of Dad over the last two and a half years. With gratitude to God for a long life lived well, there will be a Celebration of Life at The Salvation Army Southmount Church, 3403 49th Ave. E., Vancouver on Monday, September 1, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Salvation Army Southmount or a charity of your choice in Dad's memory. Dad has reached his Heavenly Home! (The Province 29 Aug 2014)

CRAIG, Alvin Wesley (20 May 1925 - 08 Nov 2014) - Al passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. He is survived by his loving wife Betty; son Dave; daughter Kathy; sons David (Pat), Ken (Mary); nine grandchildren; nine great- grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. He also leaves to mourn his sisters, many nieces, nephews and friends. Predeceased by son Doug; two infant siblings and brother Lester. A lifetime legion member, Al proudly served overseas with the R.C.N. He enjoyed his many years working with all his friends at the V.S.B. A reception gathering for Al will be held November 29, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Valley View Funeral Home - 72 Avenue, Surrey, B.C., main reception room. No flowers by request. (The Province 20 Nov 2014)

CRONK, George James (World War II Veteran Serving on the East Coast of Canada with the RCNVR) - Born June 15th, 1919 in Victoria, BC. Passed away March 5th, 2006 in Victoria, BC. George Cronk, dear husband of the late Gladys. Loving father of Howard (Noreen). Fondly remembered by his 4 grandchildren, Ron (Kathleen), Gary (Sherry), Russell (Shari) and Colleen Woodger (Mark); and his 5 great grandchildren, Graham, Paige, Riley, Liam and Logan. He will be sadly missed by his extended family, especially Doris Hunniford, Lois Lumley, Terry Hunniford and Rory Hunniford, their families and his many friends. Survived by his sisters, Elsie Sutton of Parksville and Lil Cummins of Victoria. Predeceased by his brothers, Percy and Jimmy and a sister, Bessie Margetish. Georges earlier years were spent in Shawnigan Lake where he attended school, later moving to Victoria to work in the lumber industry. Grandpa was known to many as 'Mr. Fixit'. The family wish to express their sincere gratitude to the staff of Central Care Home and the nursing staff at VGH, 7A for the love and care George received. A Funeral Service will be held at the Sands Funeral Chapel, 'Memorial Chapel of Chimes', 1803 Quadra Street, Victoria, BC on Friday, March 10th, 2006 at 1:00 pm, followed by a reception in the Arbor Reception Centre of the Funeral Home. Interment, Royal Oak Burial Park. Flowers gratefully declined, rather a donation in George's memory may be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital-Travel Fund, 3550 Wayburne Drive, Burnaby, BC V5G 3K9 or the charity of one's choosing. (the Times Colonist 08 Mar 2006)

CROSSIN, Eric Congdon (26 Sep 1923 - 04 May 2013) - Our much loved father and grandfather passed away peacefully and under the compassionate care of the North Shore Hospice after a long battle with Parkinson's. He was a Veteran, born in Winnipeg and left school halfway through grade 10 at the age of 16 to join the navy. He served as a seaman on a Corvette escorting and protecting convoys from submarine attack during the Battle of the Atlantic. This experience forged a character of quiet courage, humility, and compassion that ultimately defined his life. Upon leaving the navy, he was still a very young man and he began courting a beautiful young woman, Aileen Howes. They soon married and settled for the rest of their lives on the west coast where he attended UBC and obtained a B.Sc in Forestry. He loved the forests. After many years working for Mac Blo in many capacities on Vancouver Island, he began a teaching career at BCIT where he taught until his retirement in 1988. He was always very pleased that his life had taken this turn into teaching as were the hundreds of students he taught for over two decades. Before and after his retirement, he spent many years assisting in the development of the Mt. Seymour Demonstration Forest. It remains a permanent and fitting tribute to his life and his love of the splendour of this province. He was predeceased by his beloved wife, Aileen, in 2003, and his brother, Bob, in 2012. He will be missed by his children, David and his partner Jean, Tim and his partner Mary, Nancy and her husband Paul, Matt and his partner Glenn, his sisters Beth and Diana, his grandchildren Shane, Sarah, Daniel, Erin and Jeff, his many nieces and nephews, and extended family. His nephew, Monty Howes, was a caring presence in his life to the end, and his friends were loving throughout. He left us the way he lived his life: quietly, with uncommon courage. A Service of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, June 1, at 2 p.m. at the First Memorial Boal Chapel, 1505 Lillooet Road, North Vancouver B.C. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the "Lions Gate Hospital Foundation for Palliative and Hospice Programs." (The Province 11 May 2013)

CROTHERS, William Gray, RCNVR (1916-2005) - A Naval Veteran of WWII - At Fellowship Village, Basking Ridge, New Jersey on Wednesday, October 5th, 2005, in his 90th year, son of the late Alice and Norman Crothers of Kingston. Bill is survived by his wife of sixty-five years, Marjorie Williams, son Stuart and daughter Elizabeth. He was predeceased by daughter Marjorie, brother Donald and two sisters Catherine and Elizabeth. Survived by brother Robert of Kingston and fondly remembered by grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Bill graduated from Queen's and was then employed at W.J. Crothers Co. Ltd. of Kingston Ont. where he joined his father and two uncles in the baking and confectionery business. During the war he was in the R C N V R as a Gunnery Officer and served at sea on the Atlantic and Russian runs. Also off the Normandy Shores in 1944. He was a commanding officer of H M C S Cataraqui April 1946 to August 1948. During his successful life-long career in the baking business which took him to many places around the world, he was often introduced as the most knowledgeable baker in North America, partly due to the basic skills he learned at the older family factory in Kingston. Having been a member of the Kingston Yacht Club for seventy-nine continuous years, Bill was a good sailor, a competitive racer, Past Commodore and a life member. There will be a private service in Basking Ridge, New Jersey this weekend. An interment and memorial service will be held at a later date at Trinity Anglican Church on Wolfe Island. Bill spent many happy times at his property on Wolfe Island where he introduced many others to the great times to be enjoyed there. (The Kingston Whig 07 Oct 2005)

 

HMC CATARAQUI, HMCS PORT COLBORNE

CROZIER, Russell John, RCNVR - after a long battle with cancer, at St. Peter's Hospital, Hamilton on February 20, 2010. Russ was a veteran of WW II having served in the North Atlantic on the frigate Loch Alvie.

 

HMCS LOCH ALVIE

CURNEW, Eric Charles - It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of our dear husband and father at the age of 79 years on Tuesday, June 28, 2005. Eric will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 54 years Betty, his son Graham, his daughter Susan and son-in-law Dwight Peters, his brother Bob, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, and friends. Eric was predeceased by his son Bobby; his parents, Charles and Catherine; his brother Don; sisters, Joan and Amy; and his parents-in-law, Robert and Marie Jeanne McLaughlin. Eric was born in Curling, NF in 1925 and moved with his family to Montreal in 1929. He joined the Navy (RCNVR) in 1943 and served until 1946. Following in his father's footsteps, Eric went to work for the Hudson's Bay Company Raw Fur Division in Montreal and was later transferred to Winnipeg in 1955. He enjoyed a 40 year career with the company and was widely respected for his knowledge of the business. He retired as manager of the Winnipeg Raw Fur Division Office in 1990 and in the early years of his retirement, he and Betty travelled extensively throughout Canada and the United States. Eric was a proud member of the Masonic Order (King Edward Lodge No. 93) since 1970 and of the White Ensign Club since the eighties. He always loved children and over the past 15 years was actively involved with MRDA (Manitoba Riding For The Disabled Association). His gentle hand and grandfatherly manner made him a favourite with the children, parents, and volunteers. The family wishes to thank the doctors, nurses, and the staff at St. Boniface and Riverview Palliative Care Units for their thoughtful care and compassion during his time there. As well, warm thanks to the staff from Home Care Services for their support. At Eric's request there will be no formal service at this time. In lieu of flowers, if friends and family so desire, donations may be made in his memory to Manitoba Riding For The Disabled Association, 2nd Floor - 200 Main St., Winnipeg, MB R3C 4M2. Bardal Funeral Home Crematorium 843 Sherbrook Street. (The Winnipeg Free press 30 Jun 2005)

DEWAR, John Scott, Captain (N), CD, RCN (03 Jan 1951 - 10 Mar 2016) - CEO Commissionaires Victoria and Chairman, National Business Management Committee It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of John Scott Dewar. John succumbed to Pulmonary Fibrosis in the early morning of Thursday, March 10, 2016 at the age of 65 with his wife and children at his side. He is remembered by his devoted wife Diana, his beloved children Scott (Sarah), Jessica, and Ellen, and his wonderful grandchildren Emily, Cleo, and Gordon. John was a graduate of Royal Roads Military College and was the recipient of the Sword of Merit , the University of British Columbia, Canadian Forces College, and the Lockheed Martin Institute of Leadership Excellence. John rose through the ranks from sailor to Captain, commanding HMCS CHIGNECTO, MIRAMICHI, and HURON. At the executive level he provided direction on maritime operations, identified emerging naval requirements, and managed the strategic business planning functions. On exchange with the USN, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal for his contribution to multinational naval operations. Upon retirement in 2000 John simply transferred his abundant talents to industry, making an indelible mark on the shipbuilding industries in Chile, Ottawa, and St. Catharines. He came home in 2012 to lead the Commissionaires with undiminished genius and focus on the interests of his people with the goal of providing employment to Canada's Veterans. The funeral will be held at Christ Church Cathedral at 1100 followed by a Celebration of Life at the Wardroom in Victoria, B.C. on Saturday the 9th of April. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation. "There is nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats" (The Times Colonist 18 Mar 2016)

 

HMCS QU'APPELLE, HMCS HURON, HMCS CHIGNECTO, HMCS MIRAMICHI, HMCS SASKATCHEWAN, HMCS KOOTENAY

DONNER, Charles Wayne (Charlie) (18 Jan 1934 - 08 Mar 2016) - age 82, of Dartmouth, passed away peacefully with family by his side at the Palliative Care Unit, VG Site, QEII Hospital, Halifax, on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. Born in Leamington Ontario he was the son of the late Harry and Florence (Symons) Donner. Charles spent 18 years seeing the world with the Canadian Navy and went on to work for many years as an electrician doing what he loved best with Atlantic Electronics. Retirement brought Dad many activities such as darts, bingo, dances and his work with the Eastern Passage Baptist Church. Completing the daily crossword puzzle, Dad stayed true to his motto “keep my mind sharp”. Dad’s love of life, his ready smile, and sense of humor will be missed by all those he knew. His passion though, lay in his creative endeavours with his cross stitch, which he used as a fund raising tool for Forbes Presbyterian Church in Grande Prairie, AB and the IWK Hospital. His final cross stitch is being finished by Larry and Marcy Corneal and will be donated to the IWK Women’s Hospital. Other missions close to his heart were Soul Harbour Rescue Mission, the Gideons and the Salvation Army. Charles is survived by his wife Carol Campbell-Donner, daughter Linda (Larry Craik) grandchildren Jeffrey and Chelsea, son Andrew (Kathleen) grandchildren Cassidy and Jordan. Sisters, May (Jim Trott) Collingwood, ON, Elberta (Dale Crow), Winsome (Cliff McCormick) St. Thomas, ON and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by an infant son David Mark, wives Carol Jacqueline (Hanson) Donner (1980) and Vivian (Henneberry) Donner (1999), and his sister June Biddle. Cremation has taken place under the direction of Atlantic Funeral Homes. A celebration of life service will take place on Saturday, March 12 at 10:30 AM at Alderney Manor, 1 Alderney Drive, 3rd floor common room, Capt. Andrew Wilson of The Salvation Army officiating. Private interment to take place in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to the Palliative Care Unit 7A, VG Site, Salvation Army Church or a charity of ones choosing. The family extends a heartfelt thank you for the wonderful care shown to Charles by the medical staff and volunteers of the Palliative Unit 7A VG Site. Dad spoke daily to us of “his girls” and how much he appreciated the staff with their gentle touch and beautiful smiles. The care and respect received made the final weeks comfortable for Charles and his family.

DUNPHY, Gordon Hayward, RCNVR - of Halifax. Born on April 17, 1921, in Regina, Sask., Gordon grew up in various parts of the country as his father was with the Canadian Pacific Railroad. He graduated high school in Winnipeg and completed three years of pre-engineering at the University of Manitoba. In 1942 he entered the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve and served as an officer on North Atlantic Duty until the end of the Second World War, when he was discharged as a Lieutenant. After the War he returned to his studies entering the Nova Scotia Technical College, earning a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering in 1947. Upon graduation he joined General Electric (Canada) and had a 34 year career with the company. This included positions in Atlantic Canada, British Columbia (and Yukon) as well as Ontario. He finished his career supervising the Construction Products Department in the Atlantic Region. Gordon always took an interest in his professional organization and following retirement served for several years as a volunteer with the Community Relations Department with TUNS. His efforts were recognized by the alumni association and in 1996 he was presented with an honourary life membership with APENS. Gordon was a proud engineer and the discipline and training were a major part of his life. In his later years he often commented on what a full life he had led. Gordon was an active member in many organizations and clubs. This included membership in the Halifax Curling Club, Armdale Yacht Club and Capilano Winter Club. Surviving Gordon are his daughters, Dianne Carter, Bedford, and Janice Terepocki (Wayne), Princeton, B.C.; grandchildren, Chris Carter (Kendal), Marc Carter (Sarah), Tim Terepocki (Laura) and Laurie Terepocki (Mike); stepson, Damion Dunphy along with nine great-grandchildren. Gordon was predeceased by his wife, Audrey; second wife, Dorothy and long-time companion, Peggy Smith as well as sister, Louis Milliken; brother (Pilot Officer) Hugh Dunphy and son-inlaw, Donald Carter. Gordon passed away on March 8, 2016, at the age of 94. His last days were spent at the Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Building, QEII, in Halifax. The family thanks the staff of V6 East for their care. Remains have been cremated and a memorial service will be held in J.A. Snow Funeral Home from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30. Donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

 

HMCS PRESTONIAN

ENGLISH, Raymond C. (02 Feb 1945 - 24 Feb 2016) - The English family (Reine, Bonnie, Bailey, Jordan) would like to announce a celebration of Ray's life to be held Sunday March 13,2016 from 10:00 am - 12:30 pm at the Pacific Fleet Club (1587 Lyall St). Please bring one (or more) of your most memorable times spent with Ray to share with our family. (The Times Colonist 09 Mar 2016)

 

ENGLISH, Raymond C.- Ray served in the RCN for 15 years before joining FMF Cape Breton in 1978. He started in Shop 25 (motor shop) and had seen a lot through his 37 year career at FMF. His classic quote was; "Working for the Queen is not a part-time job. Let's get'er done."

 

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ENGLISH, William Noel (16 Aug 1915 - 11 Mar 2016) - With sadness we announce the death of William Noel English on Friday March 11 at The Lodge At Broadmead. Born in Macosquin, Ireland on 16 August 1915, he is predeceased by his wife Ruth and sister Moira, and leaves behind his son David (Kathy) and granddaughters Juniper and Willow, daughter Kathleen 'Kit', daughter Diane and granddaughter Jackie. Will came to Canada with his parents as a young boy, first to Oak Lake Manitoba, then Kamloops and Vancouver BC. He graduated from Lord Byng High and then went to UBC to get a degree in Physics. The war intervened and he joined the Canadian Navy, serving with the Royal Navy. He saw action as Fleet Radar Officer on various ships in the Mediterranean, based at Alexandria Egypt and in Malta. Returning home he married Ruth Barss and after the war ended got a PhD at the University of California at Berkeley. He and Ruth had their family, with Will working at the Canadian Nuclear facility in Chalk River, ON, and then at the Pacific Naval Laboratory in Esquimalt. He was the first director of the Bedford Institute of Oceanography in Dartmouth NS, then moved west via Quebec City and Vancouver to finally retire from the Institute of Ocean Sciences, at Pat Bay. After retirement he and Ruth enjoyed boating, skiing, and travelling, both in Canada and abroad. Summer places on Hornby Island and later at Cowichan Lake kept him busy planning and tinkering while entertaining friends and family. He supported Ruth through years of her Alzheimer's, and after her death in 2010 he remained at The Lodge At Broadmead, where he made many friends and was a notable singer. He celebrated his 100th Birthday last year, and noted that there weren't too many of his old friends left. The family would like to thank the staff at Broadmead for their excellent and warm care, with special thanks to Teresa and Randy. A memorial service will be held at St. Peter and St. Paul's Anglican Church in Esquimalt, on Wednesday 23 March at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Alzheimer Society of BC. (The Times Colonist 17 Mar 2016)

FISHER, Robert Bill (15 Jan 1926 - 29 Feb 2016) - It is with deep sadness that the Fisher Family announces the passing of their patriarch, Robert Bill Fisher. After a hard fought battle with pancreatic cancer, Bob died peacefully at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver. He was 90 years old. Born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Bob was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Shirley. He is survived by his children: Bob (Linda); Jim (Wendy); Randall (Ken); John (Cathy); and Barrett (Otto); grandchildren: Robbie, Leah, Jamie-Anne, Ellis, Thomas, Eryn, and Pietra; sister Viv (Art); sister-in-law Beverley (Bill); and many nieces, nephews, and long time friends. Also predeceased by sister Elaine (Vern) and brother John (Shirley). A devoted and loyal family man and Christian, Bob lived a long, happy, and rewarding life. After high school he joined the Royal Canadian Navy, but the Second World War ended before he saw wartime duty. He then attended the University of British Columbia where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry degree. Later he received his Registered Professional Forester designation. Bob's entire working career was in the forest industry. First 2 years with the BC Forest Service, then 32 years with L&K Lumber (lastly as Executive Vice President), followed by 19 years with Terminal Forest Products where he finished his career working one or two days a week before retiring for the last time at age 78. During his career, Bob was active on industry committees and associations, including time as Chair of the B.C. Loggers Association board, Chair of the Council of Forest Industries board, and member of the Coast Forest & Lumber Association board. Through the forest industry Bob discovered his love for travel, visiting destinations such as Russia, Alaska, Japan, South Korea, and Britain. Later he and Shirley travelled for pleasure to Hawaii, Mexico, the British Isles, Europe, Turkey, and Africa, as well as cruising the Mediterranean. Bob was a life time learner. He took up skiing at age 50, got his real estate license in his late 50's, learned to play the piano in his 60's, and to play guitar in his 70's. Sports were a big part of Bob's life. He played many sports as a youth, but hockey was where he excelled; he played basketball during his university years; and he was one of the original members of Hollyburn Country Club where he played old men's hockey, coached minor hockey, curled, and played tennis into his late 80's. Bob was equally committed as a spectator as he was a participant, avidly following tennis, curling and hockey competitions, and he was a loyal and longtime Vancouver Canucks fan. Bob and Shirley's first home was in North Vancouver where their 5 children were born. In 1965 they built a house big enough for their family in West Vancouver. Many of their Chartwell neighbours became their closest friends. Bob was a faithful member of the West Vancouver United Church for more than 40 years, and a proud member of the West Vancouver Royal Canadian Legion for more than 20 years. He marched in the colour party at many Remembrance Day services at the West Vancouver cenotaph, attended Remembrance Day services at local schools, sold poppies at shopping centres, and took part in numerous events. Bob was a natural coach and mentor: he was clever, kind, thoughtful, patient, empathetic, supportive, generous, and loving. Always happy and ever optimistic, he had a wonderful sense of humour which will warm our hearts and make us smile long after he has gone. May he join his life-long love, Shirley, in the here-after. Special thanks to his doctor, Louise Corcoran, for her kindness and caring above and beyond the expected. In lieu of flowers, a donation to Lions Gate Hospital would be appreciated. A celebration of Bob's life will be held Saturday, March 19 at 2 p.m. at West Vancouver United Church, with a reception to follow (The North Shore News 13 Mar 2016)

GILBERT, Verdun Palmer (Don), RCNVR - Loving husband of Iris for 70 years (1942-2012). Beloved father of Shirley Fudge and Dr. Barry Gilbert; father-in-law to Helen Walters and Dave Fudge; loving and much loved grandfather of Sofie and Justin Gilbert, Jason Fudge (Tami), and Karen Jensen (David); great-grandfather to Tiana and Kylie Jensen and John Fudge. Born in Nanaimo, B.C., he was a teacher and principal on Vancouver Island before WWII; he joined the Canadian Navy in WWII; served as Lieutenant-Commander on the HMCS Brantford and the HMCS Magog. He narrowly escaped death when the Magog was torpedoed in October 1944 in the St. Lawrence River. After the war he studied dentistry at McGill University; returned to B.C. to practice dentistry in Port Alberni. In 1964 he moved his family to Toronto; studied orthodontics at the University of Toronto; practiced orthodontics for 25 years; clinical faculty U of Toronto dental school. He always loved golf; "Don the golfer" to his family. He died Monday, March 14, 2016 at the Veterans Centre, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto, aged 100, surrounded by his family and dear friend Joe Than. Deep gratitude to the caring staff at the Veterans Centre. Memorial service in late spring. Donations to Veterans Comfort Fund, Sunnybrook Foundation or The Western Canada Wilderness Committee. (The Province 20 Mar 2016)

 

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GRIEVE, Clarence - It is with great sadness and much love that we mourn the passing of Clarence John Grieve of St. Albert on Monday, March 7, 2016 at the age of 93 years. He will be loving remembered by his sons: Ron (Sandy) and Dwayne (Wendy); daughter, Yvonne; grandchildren: Andrew (Jodie), Megan (Emma); great grandson, Jackson. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 54 years, Jean; sisters: Dorothy and Marjorie; and his parents, Jackson and Helen. Clarence's family took great pride in the fact that he was a World War Two veteran in the Royal Canadian Navy. His strength, support and wonderful sense of humour will be much missed. At Clarence's request, no service will be held. The family wishes to send a special thank you to the staff on the second floor at the Youville and to Dr. Norm McDonald. Your caring and support for Dad will always be remembered. (The St. Albert Gazette 12 Mar 2016)

HASSELFIELD, Charles Donald, Lt, RCNVR (05 May 1924 - 23 Feb 2016) - was born in Deloraine, MB on May 5, 1924 the only son of Charles Frederic and Lillian Irene (Edmondson). Don attended school in Deloraine until graduation. After a year at the Royal Canadian Naval College in Victoria, BC he served two years at sea with the RCNVR. The first year was spent on HMCS Iroquois in the North Atlantic, Arctic (Murmansk Run) and the Bay of Biscay. The second year was on HMCS Snowberry, mostly in the English Channel. During the period of 1942 to 1945, Don rose from Naval Cadet to Lieutenant. After the war he attended the University of Manitoba, graduating with a BSc. in Pharmacy in 1949. On August 17, 1947 Don married Verna Janet (MacLachlan). They had five children: Charles John, Virginia Dagmar, Donald Barton, David Lachlan and Elizabeth Dorothy (Lisa). Presently they have 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren who mourn Don's loss. Don was predeceased by Verna in 2006 and his grandson Corey in 2002. Don is survived by his sisters - Lorna Hamilton and Gwen Trip. In 1955, Don took over ownership of his father's business, Hasselfield's Drugs, which had been established in Deloraine in 1903. A familiar figure at the back of the store in his white coat, Don served the community until, at the age of 72, he passed the baton to the third pharmacist in the family, his eldest son John. During Don's career he received the prestigious award of the Bowl of Hygeia which is given by state, provincial, and national pharmacist associations in the United States and Canada to recognize a living pharmacist that possesses outstanding leadership in their community, while encouraging other pharmacists to take active roles in their communities. Don served as Town Councillor and contributed to many community projects over the years such as the installation of artificial ice in the arena, and watered fairways at the golf course. He took over from his father in 1955 as treasurer of the Red Cross and became interested in the Water Safety Program. He was a convenor of the program for 20 years. A lifetime love of hockey led to quite a number of years of involvement with the Deloraine Minor Hockey Program. He and Glynn North, with Roy Perrin of Killarney and Len Keyes of Boissevain, organized the Turtle Mountain Minor Hockey League, which is still going strong. In 1965-1966 he and Lorne Day combined their teams to win the M.A.H.A. Bantam AB Championship. Don and Verna enjoyed many years of Square Dancing and helped to form the Turtle Mountain Twisters. The Deloraine Chamber of Commerce honoured Don and Verna as "Citizens of the Year" in 2000. This recognized their contributions to the community and in particular, their work on the two History books of Deloraine - "Deloraine Scans a Century" from 1880 to 1980 and "Deloraine Meets the Millennium" a 643 page history from 1980 to 2000. Don and his family experienced decades of enjoyment at Lake Metigoshe. Don, along with Glynn North, George Franklin and Rod Fraser, created Lake Metigoshe Investments Limited following the purchase of the land from an American owner in 1955. By 1999 all of the lots had been surveyed and sold land except for a portion that was donated as protected forest. To this day, Don's children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren enjoy the lakefront family cabin. After retiring from the drugstore, Don enjoyed many years of great golf. Very active in the Deloraine Golf Club community, he organized many weekly tournaments, playing well until the age of 85. Slowed down by a diagnosis of Spinal Stenosis, he moved to the Deloraine Personal Care Home in 2011. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and health care staff of the Deloraine Personal Care Home for giving such high quality, loving care to our dad during his final years. Donations in memory of Don may be made to the Southwest Foundation or to a charity of one's own choice. Wheatland Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements. (The Winnipeg Free Press 12 Mar 2016)

 

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PUDDIFANT, James A., C1SG - 64, Dartmouth, died January 4, 1995, in Dartmouth General Hospital. Born in Winnipeg, Man., he was a son of the late Charles A. and Myrtle (Franklin) Puddifant. He was retired following 30 years service, with the Royal Canadian Navy and 11 years service, with the Canadian Coast Guard. Surviving are his wife, the former Catherine Sonier; sons David, Stonewall, Man.; Gordon, Hal, Dartmouth; Gregory, Winnipeg; Michael, Moncton, N.B.; Patrick, Calgary, Alta.; sisters, Marjorie Campbell, Shirley Knapp, Doreen Mitchell, Manitoba; brothers George, Allen, British Columbia; eight grandchildren. He was predeceased by brothers, Franklin, Harold. Cremation has taken place under the direction of A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home, Portland Street, Dartmouth, where visitation will be 2-4 p.m. Friday. A memorial service will be 10 a.m. Saturday in CFB Stadacona chapel, Halifax. Padre Rennie officiating. Burial at a later date at sea. In lieu of flowers, donations to Canadian Cancer Society Research Foundation.

 

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HITESMAN, Richard Irwin, Captain (N), RCN - Born Aug 1931. Died: 13 Jul 1986, Saint John, NB

 

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HUGHES, Kenneth Thomas (K.T), CPO2 - 69, Middle New Cornwall, passed away September 2, 2006, in South Shore Regional Hospital, Bridgewater, after a long bout with cancer. Born in Hamilton, Ont., he was the son of the late Kenneth Elvin and Myrtle Dorothy (Wall) Hughes. He had served 31 years in the Royal Canadian Navy and served on eleven ships. He was a former member of Cornwall Volunteer Fire Department. He is survived by his wife, Brenda Joan (Weatherhead); daughter, Joann (Steve) Larkin, Eastern Passage; son, Kenneth (Bernadette), Courtenay, B.C.; stepson, Jay Cassivi (Catherine), Tantallon; daughter-in-law, Ellen Hughes, Victoria, B.C.; sister, Yvonne (Cam) Smith, Richmond Hill, Ont.; six grandchildren; two nephews. He was predeceased by his first wife, Muriel (Hatter); son, Gerald. No visiting. Arrangements entrusted to Mahone Funeral Home, 32 Parish St., Mahone Bay, where a memorial service will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, Rev. John Boyd officiating. Family flowers only, memorial donations may be made to Victorian Order of Nurses, Lunenburg County Branch, 1924 Northwest Rd., P.O. Box 147, Blockhouse, NS B0J 1E0.,

 

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JESSOP, Andrew James (24 Nov 1965 - 17 Mar 2016) - On March 17, 2016 a light went out in our family. A loving husband, father and friend left us at Groves Memorial Hospital much too soon. He will be sadly missed by his wife, best friend and cheerleader, Amy (nee: McGinnis). Andrew’s pride and joy were his sons Travis and Keegan, they are his legacy and will carry on his passion for life. Many family and friends will miss his sense of humor and love for all things outdoors. All were in awe of his professional dedication and work ethic. Visitation will take place at the Graham A. Giddy funeral home, 280 St. David St. South, Fergus on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 from 4:00 - 8:00 pm. A service will be held in the funeral home chapel on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at 2:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Trust Fund in Keegan’s name details to follow.

 

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KUMHYR, Elmer - On Wednesday, March 9, 2016 our mom, Jean, lost her husband of more than 62 years and we lost our father. Dad could be stubborn, opinionated, humorous, inventive, annoying and more than a little eccentric. Qualities he passed on in varying degrees to his five children: David (Lyn), Karyn, Valerie, Kathy (John) and Paul. He lived his life the way he wanted without apology and we loved him as he was. Dad grew up on a farm in Manitoba with his sister Jean and his brother David. After a brief stint in the Canadian Navy he married Jean Sigurdson of Winnipeg and moved to Raleigh, NC where he started a telecommunications company. In his last years he enjoyed sitting in his front yard with a bourbon and a cigar watching the neighbourhood go by. He will also be remembered by his sister-in-law Thelma, and his numerous nieces, nephews, grandkids and great-grandkids. Friends and family are invited to a celebration of his life at the family home in Raleigh on May 1. (The Winnipeg Free press 15 Mar 2016)

LLOYD, James Morgan (Jimmy), CPO1, Radioman, RCN - 59, passed away Monday, August 20, 2001, in QEII Health Sciences Centre, Halifax. Born in Belleville, Ont., he was a son of the late John Morgan and Ineze (Simpson) Lloyd. He retired from RCN, CPO first class with 35 years service and was an avid Moosehead fan from their conception. Surviving are his wife, Shirley; daughter, Dianna Rose, Dartmouth; stepdaughter, Mandy Coolen, Fox Point; brother, Melvin (Miriam), New Minas; grandchildren, Amber and Jesse; a number of nieces and nephews. He will be sadly missed by his best friend, Cuds. He was predeceased by sister, Marilyn Donovan; brother, Jackie in infancy; nephews, John and his namesake Jimmy. Cremation has taken place. Family will receive visitors 2-4, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday in Ronald A. Walker Funeral Home, Hubbards. A family committal service will be held in St. James Church Cemetery, Fox Point, Rev. Mark Pretty officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia or Canadian Cancer Society.

 

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MAH, William James (Willie) - 63, Dartmouth, formerly Sydney, Cape Breton, passed away peacefully July 6, 2008, in the Halifax Infirmary, QEII. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Marie Mah, who he met in Ireland while serving in the Royal Canadian Navy. He is also survived by his children, William Mah (Esther), and Sarah Mah-Fraser (Christopher); grandchildren, Stephanie Mah and Alex Mah; siblings, Nellie MacKinnon, Evangeline Piercey (Wally), Rose Evans (Tom), Edward Mah (Ollie), and Stanley Mah (Rose). He was predeceased by his sister, Anna Mah, and parents, Norah and John Mah. Willie joined the navy in January 1963 and retired Petty Officer 2nd class December 1993. Willie was a dedicated member of the Knights of Columbus and Saint Vincent De Paul Society. He was kind, funny, outgoing, generous, loved life, and loved his family dearly and cat Missie. Visitation in Dartmouth Funeral Home, 29 Queen St., on Tuesday, July 8, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Willie was a long-time member of St. Clement's Catholic Church where his funeral mass will be held Wednesday, July 9, at 10 a.m. (The Halifax Herald 07 Jul 2008)

 

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MAHER, Alfred George - We, the family of the late Alfred George Maher, regret to announce his unexpected passing on March 14, 2016 at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, Sydney. Alfred was born on November 27, 1919 and raised in Sydney. He and his wife Lucy moved to Mira Road in the 1950's where they raised their young family of eight children. He was the son of the late George Alfred and Alice (Byrne) Maher. Alfred was raised by the late Thomas and Bridget (Murphy) Whiffen. Alfred is survived by his daughters: Margaret LeMoine, Anne Marie (Keith) Libbey, Donna (Dave) Macneill, sons: Raymond (Leona) Maher, Alfie (Elaine) Maher, Michael (Maureen) Mahar, and Keith (Lynn) Maher. Daughters-in-law, Antje Maher and Assunta Mahar. Step-children Fred (Bev) Maye, Reg (Marie) Maye, Tim (Colleen) Maye, Jackie Maye, Gwen (John) St. Louis. 16 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. Also survived by: Marg (Whiffen) O'Dea, Thomas Whiffen, Mary Frances, Eileen (Bill) MacKinnon. Nieces, Dianne Cahill and Joan Fennelly Richards. Alfred was predeceased by his first wife Lucy (Griffin) Maher, mother to his children and Anne (Maye) Maher, his second wife. Also predeceased by his son George Maher, son-in-law Fred LeMoine, step-son David Maye, brothers James (Maher) Cahill, Andrew (Maher) Fennelly and Molly Maher, Mary Maher, Gerald Whiffen, Vince Whiffen, Raymond Whiffen, Pat Whiffen and Frank Whiffen. He was a decorated war veteran, having served overseas with the Royal Canadian Navy during WWII. Alfred was employed with Sydney Steel Corporation from his teen years until his retirement 45 years later as senior management of the Blast Furnace. He was an accomplished outdoorsman and enjoyed those activities well into his senior years. In recent years he spent his afternoons at the casino, enjoying the friends he made there. He has been a resident of the Williston House, Sydney for the last two years. There was never a dull moment in his presence. He was always the center of attention with his quick wit and sense of humor. We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Dr. Murdock Smith for his years of devoted care and friendship. Thank-you to the physicians, nurses and staff of the Emergency department of the CBRH, Sydney, for your care. Also, thank you to the staff and residents of the Williston House for making his last years enjoyable and comfortable. A funeral service will take place on Monday, March 21 at 1:30 pm at T.W. Curry Parkview Chapel. It is requested by the family that donations be made in memory to a charity of choice.

MALLORY, Edwin A. (31 Mar 1943 - 12 Mar 2016) - Devoted husband of Irene for 51 years (this March 20), proud father of Christopher and Phillip, loving grandfather of Alexandre, Nicolas, Benjamin, Angelica and Anastasia, he died peacefully in Edinburgh, Scotland, before his 73rd birthday. A graduate of Royal Military College (6663-BSc-1965) and Queen's University (MBA-1970), Edwin served as lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Navy, industrial engineer in the private sector, trade commissioner in the Canadian foreign service and consultant in international affairs and business development - a distinguished career that led him all over Canada, Switzerland, Russia, the U.S., Romania, Germany, Belgium and the U.K. The funeral service will be held Tuesday, March 22, at Holy Cross Church in Edinburgh; a private family ceremony will follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to your local hospice. (The Ottawa Citizen 18 Mar 2016)

MARSH, Richard George Sr. (20 Sep 1920 - 20 Feb 2016) - Born and raised in Victoria. Survived by his loving wife Jean of 68 years, sons Dick, Jim (Vickie) and Bill, 5 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren and his niece Barbara Elliot. Dick lived a long life full of many adventures. 23 years in the Canadian Navy during which time he fought in two wars. He also spent 15 years as a successful berry farm owner on the Saanich Peninsula. He was also an insurance broker and an owner of 2 motels. Our family saw him as a voice filled with wisdom and experience. There wasn't much he couldn't do and he will be greatly missed by all those who loved him. (The Victoria Times Colonist 19 Mar 2016)

MITCHELL, Harold John (1925 - 2016) - Passed away peacefully at the Jewish General Hospital on Thursday, March 10 at the age of 90. Beloved father of Robert and Nancy (Nick). Cherished "Grumpy" of Stephanie, Julia and Emily. Also a cherished and longtime friend to Pauline. "Mitch", as he was known to everyone, proudly served in the Navy and was a veteran of World War II. He was a charming and witty man with a great sense of humor. He was always there for anyone who needed his help. He will be missed by everyone whose lives he touched. Visitation will be held at Kane Fetterly at 5301 Decarie (corner Isabella) on Wednesday, March 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. A small prayer service will be conducted during visitation. Special thanks to the compassionate and caring staff of the palliative care unit of the Jewish General Hospital. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Segal Cancer Centre of the Jewish General Hospital. (The Gazette 14 Mar 2016)

PIRIE, Edward Downie (05 Jul 1931 - 07 Mar 2016) - 84 passed away on March 7, 2016 at Parkstone in Halifax. Edward was born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1931 and graduated from Robert Gordon University. Edward went on to study as a marine draftsman at shipyards in Aberdeen. He met his future wife, lifelong friend, gardening partner, and travelling companion, Isobel Rose in 1949. In 1952 he sailed to Canada to start a new life in Hamilton, Ontario where he worked for RCA designing television and stereo cabinets. In 1954 Edward joined the Royal Canadian Navy and served most of his time as the chief engine room officer aboard a number of ships based in Halifax. While posted at CFB Stadacona during the 70's and early 80's Edward taught engineering. Edward developed training and instruction manuals for the ships and submarines of the Canadian Navy. Edward studied History at university part time and graduated from Saint Mary's University in 1982 completing a Bachelors of Arts. After retiring from the Canadian Navy, Edward worked for several years with the Fleet Maintenance Group writing instructions for navy vessel refits. Edward was a devoted husband and father. He enjoyed travelling with his wife and family. He took his family on many trips in their travel trailer across Canada and the United States. Edward served a number of years as president of the Chebucto Track and Field Club during the 80’s. He also volunteered in a number of capacities for Knox Presbyterian Church. Edward was an animal lover with dogs and cats usually being found in his home. He enjoyed the community of Hemlock Ravine/ Grosvenor Park. Edward is survived by Isobel his wife of 64 years, and his son Sandy Pirie of Halifax and Sandy's children Alexa and Liam, and his daughter Susan Markus of Connecticut and her children Katie and Julie. Memorial donations in memory of Edward may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada. The family would like to thank the staff at Parkstone and Parkland for all their kindness over the years. Visitation and memorial service will be held at a later date and will be announced by Atlantic Funeral Home, 6552 Bayers Road, Halifax.

 

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MACHINSKI, Richard (22 Sep 1944 - 14 Mar 2016) - passed away peacefully at home on March 14, 2016 after a hard fought battle with Mesothelioma. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, best friend and soul mate Lorelei (Jacek), his sons Aaron and Jennifer (Dengler) Ogieglo, Adam and Hannah (Purvis) Ogieglo, his daughter Alyssa Ogieglo as well as Papa's three little angels - Lyndon, Jeffrey and Evie. He is also survived by his siblings and their families: Albert (Nonie), Edward (Lillian), Marlene (Bruce), James (Judy), Shauna (Don) as well as the extended Jacek, Tryyki and Ogieglo families. He was predeceased by his parents Rose (Setera) and John, brother Jerry and brother-in-law Jeff Jacek. Richard was hard working, patient, loving and kind - qualities that endeared him to everyone that he met. He began his work career by joining the Royal Canadian Navy as a young teenager. Following his discharge, he worked in construction in both Edmonton and Saskatoon before starting a long and successful career as a meat cutter and sea food manager with Canada Safeway, retiring in 2009. In 2010, Richard started a new adventure as a part-time maintenance worker with Elmwood Residences, where he quickly became a favourite of the residents and staff alike. Richard loved spending time with family and friends, going to Roughrider games, and just puttering around at home on the acreage. He loved fishing, boating, and socializing in front of the fire at our family cottage. We are so blessed and grateful that he chose us to be his family and he was extremely proud of each one of our kids and their many accomplishments. He was our rock, and although our hearts are broken to lose him, it also broke our hearts to watch him suffer so. His memory will live on forever in our hearts as he watches over us from heaven. As were Richard's wishes, there will be no funeral; a family service and celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to honour his memory can be made to: Elmwood Residences Inc., 2012 Arlington Ave. Saskatoon, Sk. S7J 2H5. We would like to thank all our family and friends for their prayers, cards, calls, texts, food and visits over the past year. Richard was deeply touched by the love and concern shown by all. We are also very grateful to Dr. Carlo Di Gregorio, Home Care Nurse Corinne, and his Care Aides Deborah and Crystal for their compassion and excellent care.  (The Saskatoon StarPhoenix 17 Mar 2016)

MACKIE, Robert John (20 Oct 1924 - 09 Mar 2016)  - Our dad passed away peacefully at the age of 91 in Burnaby, BC. He was born in Minnitaki, (near Dryden) Ontario. He grew up on the farm. It was hard work, but he had time for his dogs. Dad always worked…driving Dairyland trucks and buying his own truck to haul pulp and gravel. He owned his very first Service Station in Dryden. In the mid 1940's, dad and mom came to Vancouver, and never looked back. Dad picked up a job at BC White Pine sawmill as a driver delivering sawdust His legacy job, was his own Service Station business, and when his brother Vern joined him, Mackie Brothers Service Station was created. Later on, Mackie Bros moved to Langley with his son Ron and Jack Chow taking over the business from dad. Dad retired at age 65. Bob served in World War II on HMCS Morden. He enlisted with the Royal Canadian Navy at age 17, making several trips across the Atlantic from Halifax to Londonderry. Bob was an active member of the Royal Canadian Legion ( Branch 48 ). Bob was predeceased by his first wife Lily Eleanor Mackie (Berglund), his parents Frederick and Anna Mackie and his 8 siblings, Ed, Muriel, Lillian, Fred, Tom, Earl, Vern, and Doug. Bob leaves behind his wife, Loretta June Mackie, his 2 children Ronald (Ingrid) Mackie, Judy (Dave) Bradley, his 2 stepchildren Mike (Stacey) Klassen and Monica (John) Stekl. Dad was very proud of his 11 grandchildren, Rennae (Jeff), Jennifer (Kevin), Aaron (Bobbi), Dawn (Matt), Darrin (Jennifer), Jocelyn (John), Brian (Nicole), Stephen (Karly), Sophie, Alexander, Natasha…AND his 27 great-grandchildren Marissa, Meghan, Josh, Connor, Jarod, Riley, Carson, Payton, Brody, Isaiah, Harrison, James, Benjamin, Caleb, Silas, Thomas, Ty, Cade, Lennon, Cooper, Lily, Calder, Abigayle, Quinn, Benjamin, Zora and Payton. The day before Dad passed, one of his granddaughters (Jennifer) commented "you sure have a lot of grandchildren and great grandchildren grandpa." His reply was, "they are all mine and I love each and everyone of them." When asked, "What was the proudest thing you have done in your life?" His response with no hesitation, "Serving my Country!" We would like to thank Dr. Burns and all the staff at George Derby for their kindness and professional care they gave dad since June, 2014. A special thank you goes to his companions, Linda and Shivani, who dad cared about very much. Cremation and Burial services will be provided by Forest Lawn.

 

HMCS MORDEN

McEVOY, John (28 Jan 1920 - 08 Mar 2016) - A very special, caring and wonderful man, a beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather has peacefully left this world's journey at the age of 96 years. John is survived by his son Terry (Flora) of St. Albert, Alberta and his five grandchildren, Sarah, Christine (Jim), Karen (Chad) all of Calgary, Graham (Katelyn) of Edmonton and Shaun of Vancouver, and three great-grandchildren Ellee, Mila and Max, as well as extended family and friends. John was predeceased by his wife Helen (nee Bachiu), his brother Lloyd and sister Jean Trainor. John was born and raised in Ottawa and was a prominent junior hockey player before turning pro in the Quebec Hockey League. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1940 and served in North Africa, Italy and North West Europe whilst seconded to the Royal Navy. John spent his post-war career with the Department of Mines and Technical Surveys. He was also a hockey referee for many years including refereeing the Memorial Cup, the Allen Cup, U.S. Collegiate Hockey and was one of Canada's referees for the Olympic Games in Grenoble, France in 1968. After retirement, John served at the Court House in Ottawa and as a volunteer at the Ottawa Civic Hospital. By his zest for life and people, John was a great inspiration to all who knew him and was blessed with having many close friends including Father Bill Penney, Monica Scribner, Sue Morneau and Richard Van Tassel. Father Bill Penney will preside at a mass of Christian burial at St. John the Apostle Church 2340 Baseline Road, Ottawa on Monday, the 14th day of March, 2016 at 11:00 AM, with a visitation one hour prior to mass. The family wishes to thank the staff and volunteers of R2N at the Perley and Rideau Veteran's Centre for their devoted and compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, donations to the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Room H2408, 40 Ruskin Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 4W7, or the Perley and Rideau Veteran's Health Centre Foundation 1750 Russell Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K1J 5Z6 would be appreciated.

McKEARNEY, Lyle (Gary), CPO - 47, Timberlea, died March 30, 1996, in Victoria General Hospital. Born in Charlottetown, P.E.I., he was a son of Lyle McKearney, Mount Stewart, P.E.I., and the late Marjorie (Murray) McKearney. He served for a total of 30 years in the military; was a member of Canadian Armed Forces aboard the Cape Scott for six years, at Camp Petawawa, CFB Cornwallis, on HMCS Huron, and numerous other ships serving last on HMCS Protecteur. He served as a quality assurance officer for the navy in St. Catherines, Ont. At the time of his death, he was assigned to Maritime Command Headquarters. He was also a member of the Naval Electrical Society. Surviving are his wife, the former Sue Myra; daughters, Laurie, Jackie, Vicki, at home; son, Mark, at home; brother, Robert, Charlottetown; several nieces and nephews. Memorial service 2 p.m. Tuesday at CFB Stadacona chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations to Canadian Cancer Society. (The Chronicle Herald 01 Apr 1996)

 

HMCS CAPE SCOTT, HMCS HURON, HMCS PROTECTEUR, CFB CORNWALLIS

OLIVER, Henry Dudgeon, Cdr - was born in Saffron-Walden on July 5, 1927, and obtained his M.R.C.S. and L.R.C.P. from Middlesex hospital in 1948. He passed away in Texas on 07 December 1972. From the staff of the Red Cross Hospital at Maidenhead, England, he joined the Royal Canadian Navy as a surgeon lieutenant in 1949. In 1950, Dr. Oliver completed a nine-month course in aviation medicine, including flying training at the U.S. Naval air station, Pensacola, Fla. He was appointed to H.M.C.S. Shearwater at Dartmouth, N.S., and after qualifying for his wings, held the additional appointment of pilot in anti-submarine squadron VS 880. Surgeon Commander Oliver was certified by the American Board of Preventive Medicine, in Public Health and Aviation Medicine. Surgeon Commander Henry Oliver, of Saffron- Walden, Essex. England, and Halifax, was appointed Officer-in-Charge, Central Medical Establishment, at the Institute of Aviation Medicine in Toronto. Since July 1960, he has been Principal Medical Officer and Flight Surgeon aboard the aircraft carrier H.M.C.S. Bonaventure.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS SHEARWATER

ORMSBY, Bryan (Ginger), CPO1, OMM, CD, CDS, RCN 1959-1995  (30 Oct 1942 - 13 Mar 2016) - Born in London, Ontario. Bryan attended Lorne Ave Public School and GA Wheable HS where he was considered a crackerjack student. "Ginger" joined the Navy age 17 and had a fun filled 36 years of nautical adventures ashore and afloat. Ginger loved to joke and make people laugh recounting his hilarious and somewhat absurd escapades. Upon retirement he and Elly traveled thru the USA, Mexico and Canada, finding adventures at every turn in the road. Ginger went for his last dive on Sunday am. He will be missed. Survived by his wife of 34 years Eleanor Gray of Ottawa, sons Brent of Toronto, ON, Scott of Victoria , Travis and his wife Sonia of Victoria. There shall be no tears at his passing, only the echos of laughter. Ginger's ashes will be spread on the high seas at a future date and shall be done in a seaman like manner. DBF (The Times Colonist 19 Mar 2016)

 

HMCS RAINBOW, HMCS OJIBWA, HMCS TERRA NOVA, HMCS ORIOLE

PAYNE, Gerald (Jerry) - late of Regina SK, passed away peacefully on March 14, 2016 at the age of 87 years with his daughters by his side. He was predeceased by his wife Mary Payne and parents Gordon and Gladys Payne. Jerry is survived by daughters Janice (Don) and Patti; grandsons Todd (Stefanie) and Brett (Brittany); great- grandchildren Michaela and Nathan and sister Dorothy Bourke. Jerry was an RCN Leading Seaman on the Uganda, Cayuga and Haida ships and was an active member of the Korean Veteran's Association (KVA). He then served with the Regina Fire Department for thirty six years. Dad enjoyed doing cement work on his off days with best friend Les Bowering, who has predeceased him. He was also an avid crib player, loved his Detroit Red Wings and Saskatchewan Roughriders. A private family service will be held. (The Regina Leader-Post 16 Mar 2016)

 

HMCS UGANDA, HMCS CAYUGA, HMCS HAIDA

PEACOCKE, Jerome Douglas, Cdr, CD - 44, Dartmouth, died February 8, 1994. Born in Dartmouth, he was a son of Doug Peacocke, and the late Helen (MacDonald) Peacocke. He was enrolled in the Royal Canadian Navy as an officer cadet in the ROTP Program at Saint Francis Xavier University in 1996, graduating with BSc in 1970. During his successful career he served in HMC ships Saguenay, Mirimachi, Fraser, Iroquois. In 1980, he attended the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College in Toronto and later served as the executive officer on HMCS Algonquin. He had the honor to serve as equerry to their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales on their first visit to Canada in 1983. He later went on to staff duties at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa and then served as executive assistant to the Commander Maritime Command before having the privilege of commanding HMCS Athabaskan. He was then posted to the position of Senior Staff Officer Combat Systems Readiness at Maritime Command Headquarters during the Persian Gulf War. His outstanding contribution to the war effort was recognized when he was awarded the Chief of Defence Staff commendation. He was serving as base administration officer, CFB Halifax when he became ill. He was an avid curler and golfer. He is survived by his wife, the former Barbara Campbell; three sons, Sean, Ian, Neal, all at home; stepmother, Marie (Lynch) Peacocke; four sisters, Judy (Mrs. Peter Adelberg), Ottawa; Jacqueline (Mrs. Ian MacDonald), Jennifer (Mrs. Paul Dort), both of Dartmouth; Jeannette (Mrs. Kevin Osborne), Newfoundland; four brothers, Dr. Larry, Moncton; Dr. Sandy, Ottawa; Const. Raymond, Red Deer, Alta.; Ken, London, Ont.; stepbrother, John MacDonald, Etobicoke, Ont.; three stepsisters, Margo (Mrs. Rob Bassarab), Valley View, Alta; Laura (Mrs. Kevin Ullyott), Alberta; Mona Lynch, Halifax; several nieces and nephews. Visitation will be 2-4, 7-9 p.m. today and Thursday in A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home, Dartmouth. Funeral will be 10 a.m. Friday in St. Clements Church, Gaston Road, Dartmouth, Rev. Ed Grant officiating. Family flowers only. Donations may be made to St. Clement's Church or any charity.

 

HMCS SAGUENAY, HMCS MIRAMICHI, HMCS FRASER, HMCS IROQUOIS, HMCS ALGONQUIN, HMCS ATHABASKAN

PEARSON, Robert Elwood (Bob) (20 Feb 1921- 03 Mar 2016) - On the afternoon of March 3 Robert E Pearson gently passed away. Bob was a loving husband, a proud father, an adoring grandfather and great-grandfather, and a wise advisor. Bob was born in Vancouver in 1921 to John and Lily Pearson. As a young man he began employment with the Geo H Hewitt Co but left during WWII to volunteer for Canada's navy. He served aboard the frigate HMCS Swansea and fought in the Battle of the Atlantic. At wars end he returned home and married his sweetheart Sybil and they moved to North Vancouver, built their house, and raised their family. Bob spent many of his retirement years trailering, and traveling, and enjoying his grandchildren. An illness early in 2015 forced a move to the Kiwanis Centre where Bob was cared for with kindness and respect. Bob was predeceased by his wife Sybil in 2008, by his sister Mona and brother Jack, both of Seattle, and by his son-in-law Tom Lewis in 2011. Left to cherish his memory are his daughters Robin Lewis and Janice Grant (Howard); grandchildren Allison Baird (Carson), Shawn Watt (Rob), Alex Grant (Jaralyn), and Genevieve Grant; as well as great-grandchildren Mason, Rowan, Rylie, Leah, Megan, Julian, and Finnley. There will be no service at Bob's request. He was quiet and steady, intelligent and helpful, honourable and gracious. He will be greatly missed. (The Province 19 Mar 2016)

 

HMCS LOCKEPORT, HMCS SWANSEA

PORTER, Henry Allan (Harry), Vice-Admiral, CMM, CD, RCN - We salute the passing on March 13th, 2016, in Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Building, QEII, Halifax, of Henry Allan Porter, aged 94 years, one of the Royal Canadian Navy’s most distinguished officers. Harry, as he was known to his many friends, from Chemainus, B.C., joined the Royal Canadian Navy as a Junior Ordinary Telegraphist RCNVR in 1939 when he was just 18 years old. Harry showed that a combination of hard work, kindness, and integrity can accomplish great things. He rose rapidly through the naval ranks, specializing in communications and serving aboard HMC ships Prince Robert, Kootenay and St. Hyacinthe. He qualified as a naval pilot, serving on the aircraft carrier HMCS Magnificent. During his remarkable career he commanded HMC ships La Hulloise, Lauzon, Sussexvale, and Bonaventure - affectionately known as the 'Bonnie'. Harry had great humility - he showed equal respect toward people of all walks of life and he seldom spoke of his many, significant accomplishments. As an Officer, he was invited to attend the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. He was later appointed as an aide to John F. Kennedy during the president’s 1961 visit to Canada. Harry was promoted to Rear Admiral in 1969, given command of the NATO Fleet, and appointed Commander Maritime Forces Pacific, and in 1970 became Commander, Maritime Command. He was promoted to Vice Admiral in 1971, and appointed Controller General Canadian Forces Ottawa, before his retirement in 1974. In retirement, Harry Porter served as President of the Canadian Shipbuilding and Ship Repairing Association, as Chairman of the Nova Scotia Police Commission from 1976 to 1986, and then as a consultant to the president of Halifax-Dartmouth Shipbuilding Industries Ltd. until 1994. He volunteered his time to several noteworthy volunteer organizations, including as the Chairman of the Boy Scouts of Canada Canadian Jamboree in 1989. Harry’s memberships included the Halifax Club, and various other organizations. Harry found joy in simple pleasures, like the roses that he tended in his garden in Chester, and time spent with good friends. Formidable in stature as well as presence, gregarious and hospitable, Harry was an unfailingly courteous and kind man. He was a great outdoorsman who excelled in fishing, hunting, golf, tennis and other sports. Harry was a loving partner, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He leaves behind his life partner of 25 years, Jackie, who was by his side every day as he struggled, and who kept him smiling in difficult times. She and his granddaughter were by his side when he passed. He was predeceased by his son, Allan and sister, Jean. Surviving are his daughter, Lucinda Crank (Dennis), and her mother Isabel Porter; as well as grandchildren, Philip Fisher (Sarah), Daphne Page, and Amy Porter; and six precious great-grandchildren. Very special thanks to Dr. Graeme Bethune, and RN Helen Peters and her team of nursing angels who took such exceptional care of Harry, and who assisted Jackie on her visits. Thank you to Marie and Maria for going above and beyond the call of duty to make sure Harry was well fed, and comfortable. A thank you also to good friends who visited Harry whenever possible in hospital. There will be no visitation. Harry’s service will be held in St. Brendan’s Chapel, CFB Halifax Stadacona, 2778 Gottingen St., Halifax, NS B3K 3C8, at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 17th. Refreshments will be served in The Bridge, Juno Tower after the service. In lieu of flowers, donations to Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Buildin, QEII, or Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia would be so very much appreciated.

 

HMCS PRINCE ROBERT, HMCS KOOTENAY, HMCS ST-HYACINTHE, HMCS BYTOWN, HMCS STADACONA, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS LA HULLOISE, HMCS LAUZON, HMCS CORNWALLIS, HMCS NADEN, HMCS SUSSEXVALE, HMCS BONAVENTURE

PRICE, Bob - age 93 years of Saskatoon, passed away peacefully on March 12, 2016. Born in Saskatoon on December 12, 1922, Bob lived in Saskatoon all his life, growing up on Kilburn Avenue and attending Buena Vista School along with his brothers. He served his country in the Canadian Navy in World War II on the HMS Manxman and the HMCS Toronto. After the war Bob returned to Saskatoon and received post-secondary education. He gained employment with Drewry's Brewery on 2nd Avenue in Saskatoon as a Stationary Engineer and remained at this location for over 40 years as the brewery transitioned to Carlings, to Carling-O'Keefes and to Molsons. In 1989, Bob joined 15 other colleagues to buy the brewery from Molson and establish Great-Western Brewery and became one of the Original 16. The brewery was always near and dear to his heart. Bob was also a prominent member of the Saskatoon 5-Pin Bowling Association for over 50 years and was an original member of the Friday Night Senior Men's League, and bowled till the age of 90. He was very proud of his numerous +900 triples and more than a handful of +1000 triples. He held league averages of over 270 for many years. He is a member of the Saskatoon and Saskatchewan Sports Halls of Fame as a coach for the 1966 Western Canadian Ladies Bowling Championship team. Bob was an active member of the Army and Navy Club in Saskatoon and spent many countless hours golfing, curling and playing pool with his friends. Bob and his wife Ag were very generous people; their homes on 33rd Street and Morris Drive were always welcoming to anyone who dropped by for a visit. Bob was married to Ag for 58 years until her passing in 2012. He will be sadly missed by his family and numerous friends. Bob received exemplary care in the past few years from Home Care and most recently from the caring staff of Veteran's Village at Sherbrooke Community Centre. The Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. from Hillcrest Funeral Home, first right after Briargate Road on 8th Street East. Interment will take place in the Garden of Apostles, Hillcrest Memorial Gardens. Arrangements entrusted to Greg Lalach. 306-477-4400. (The Saskatoon StarPhoenix 14 Mar 2016)

 

HMS MANXMAN, HMCS TORONTO

RALLEY, William (Bill) - Peacefully, with his loving family by his side, Bill Ralley passed away at the age of 92 on March 11, 2016 in the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre after a short, yet courageous, battle with cancer. Bill is survived by his loving and devoted wife of nearly 72 years, Esther Ralley, by his two daughters Lynda (Robert) and Wendy (Dennis), his cherished granddaughter Dyanna (Mike) and his great-grandchildren Wesley and Zoey. Also left to mourn his passing are his favourite nieces Penny, Vicki and Georgie. Born on November 10, 1923 in the Runnymede area of Toronto, Bill was the youngest child of eight. He was predeceased by all his brothers Archie (Mike), Bob (Marg), George and sisters Winnie (Hank), May (Jim), Alice (Ambrose) and Irene (Gill). Bill met the love of his life at Runnymede Collegiate, but like many young men of his time, WWII interrupted the flow of life. Bill joined the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve in 1942 and was trained as a Radar Operator. After training and before deployment overseas, Bill married Esther in April 1942 ensuring that his bride would receive a small pension should he be lost at sea. Thankfully, Esther never received that pension. Bill served out the remainder of the war on the frigate HMCS Monnow escorting convoys including sailing twice to Murmansk providing protection to much needed supplies. Times were difficult for the family after the war, but Bill apprenticed as a Steamfitter/Plumber; a vocation that served him and all the family very well. In 1950 he began his long career with Kodak Canada working in the pipe shop. With the support of stable employment, Bill and Esther bought a small plot in Weston where he built a modest bungalow in 1955. He kept a meticulous diary of the quantity and price of every nail, screw, board and other building material that he bought to build his loving home. And it was a loving home for Bill and Esther, Lynda and Wendy and Esther's mother Jessie until her death in 1977. Bill was a dedicated employee of Kodak Canada and frequently worked after hours, on weekends and responded to emergencies in the plant. Bill's ability as a plumber became well known in the neighbourhood where he was frequently called upon, at all hours, to help fix, repair, construct, or unplug. Not long into retirement, and having a love for working with his hands, Bill threw his energies into wood carving. Taking numerous courses and learning new techniques, he carved countless species of ducks and other birds until his eyes could no longer focus on the fine detail required to carve. Bill and Esther both enjoyed relatively good health well into their advanced years and were able to join their daughters on various travels including cruises to warm and cold places, climbing ruins in Central America and taking in the sun and good food in Mexican resorts. Bill loved ships and thus it was fitting that his last travel adventure was onboard a ship through the Panama Canal. But Bill's greatest love was his family. Nothing pleased him more than to be surrounded by his wife, children and granddaughter with much laughter and occasional heated discussion. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter and birthdays were cherished by Bill because they were filled with family and good friends, particularly Joe and Lea who became part of the family. His only granddaughter Dyanna held a special place in "Poppy's" heart as they spent many hours together learning about tools, wood and colouring. The family would like to extend heartfelt appreciation to the doctors and staff of Humber River Hospital for the care Bill received on 12 W and E. While it was all too short a stay, appreciation is also extended to the warm and welcoming kindness and compassion Bill received at the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre. Cremation has already taken place and in keeping with Bill's wishes, no formal funeral service will be held. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to The Salvation Army or the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre. (The Toronto Star 14 Mar 2016)

 

HMCS MONNOW

REID, Donald Lorimer, CD - Don passed away on February 2 at the age of 71. He was predeceased by his parents Ernest and Doris (Ayles) Reid of Moncton, and his nephews Robert and Dexter. Don is survived by the love of his life Kathy, and pet, Best Bud Rosie. He leaves to mourn his daughter Jennifer (Ira); grandchildren Ica, Timberly, and Nathan; great-grandchildren Mallina and Adian; Kathy's children Erin (Wayne), Ben (Angela), Candace (Jamie); and grandchildren Averie, Seth, Elexa, Amber, Nick, Aaron, Evelyn, Allie and Layne. Don also leaves to mourn his sister Ruth (Don), brother Walter (Carol), and nieces and nephews Lynn, Michael, Kim and James. Don joined the Canadian Navy at the age of 17 as a weapons tech and navy diver. He spent his whole career (37 years) working in various positions across Canada. Don was "pusser" and proud of it. He made many friends in the armed forces and could tell some mean war stories. Each one ended with a laugh. Don was the love of Kathy's life, the best husband ever, a caring father and grandfather and a good friend to all. Bravo Zulu Don! He will be forever missed. "Up Spirits" will be held on Friday February 12, 2016 from 2:00PM - 4:00PM at Whelan Funeral Home, 515 Cooper Street, Ottawa, ON followed by a Memorial Service held at Tuttle Brothers Funeral Home, 214 Pine Glen Road, Riverview, NB on Wednesday February 17, 2016 at 2:00PM. A Memorial Service will be held at Tuttle Brothers Funeral Home, 214 Pine Glen Road, Riverview, NB on Wednesday February 17, 2016 at 2:00PM. Memorialization will take place at Sea at a later date. For those so wishing memorial donations in Donald's name may be directed to the Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund, P.O. Box 505, Station "B", Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5P6 or the Glentworth Legion Branch 342, Box 55, Glentworth, SK S0H 1V0. In living memory of Don, a memorial planting will be made by W. J. Jones & Son Funeral Home.

 

HMCS NIPIGON

RING, Gordon Russell - Age 87, Bridgewater, Lunenburg Co., passed away peacefully at home with his wife of 66 years by his side. Born in Arnprior, Ont., he was a son of the late Eward and Ella (Schlievert) Ring. Gordon retired from the Royal Canadian Navy as a Chief Petty Officer, 2nd Class, Marine Engineer in July 1973. During his naval career, he served on the HMCS Haida, Magnificent 'Maggie', Huron, Buckingham and Kootenay, having survived the Kootenay explosion of 1969. After his military career, he continued to work at Pace Ship, Mahone Bay and later Atlantic Bridge, Lunenburg. Gordon entered into final retirement in 1982. Surviving are his wife, MJ 'Janie' Ring, Bridgewater; daughter, Jane Ring (James Jollimore), Conquerall Bank; sons, Michael Ring (Chantal Valle), Gatineau, Que; John (Lorine) Ring, Fort Frances, Ont.; Kevin Ring, Halifax; Patrick (Theresa) Ring, Big Lots; grandchildren, Madonna Stewart, James Ring, Ethan Ring, Logan Ring; great-grandchildren, Samuel Stewart, Violet Stewart, Elijah Ring, Emma Ring and step great-grandson, Aiden Ring; brother, George (Shirley) Ring, Toronto, Ont.; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by daughter, Louise Ring; brothers, Richard, Donald and Edmond in infancy. By request, there will be no visitation in the funeral home. A graveside committal service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, March 24 in Brookside Cemetery Columbarium, Bridgewater. Rev. Fran Boutilier officiating. No flowers by request. Following the interment, there will be a Celebration of Life at the family residence, 61 Greenwood St., Bridgewater. Memorial donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society. Arrangements entrusted to Sweeny’s Funeral Home, Bridgewater.

 

HMCS HAIDA, HMCS MAGNIFICENT, HMCS HURON, HMCS BUCKINGHAM, HMCS KOOTENAY

ROYLE, Robert Randall - 63, Hubley, passed away May 31, 1998 in QEII Health Sciences Centre, VG Site. Born in Belleville, Ont., he was a son of Edna (Titterson) (Royle) Guthrie and the late Robert James Royle. Robert spent 37 years in the Royal Canadian Navy, retiring as Base Chief, CFB Halifax. He was a recipient of the Order of Military Merit. He served as a major in the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires for DND for 10 years, retiring in October 1997. He was very active in the Masonic Order. He was past master of Fairview Lodge and St. Margaret's Lodge; past senior grand deacon of the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia; past high priest of Sircon Chapter; past thrice illustrious master of Chebucto Council R & Amp; SM; deputy grand master of the Supreme Grand Council; eastern jurisdiction of Canada Royal and select master; presiding preceptor of Antiquity Preceptor Knights Templar; member of the Royal Edward Conclave; St. Andrew's Tabernacle, Marshall of Nova Scotia Yorke Rite College, and past potentate of Philae Temple. AAONMS. Surviving are his wife, the former Verena Pearl Brewer; sons Robert James, Hubley; Michael Dwayne, Pinehurst; sisters, Judy Caverly, Sandra Palmer, Lorraine Ward, all of Belleville, Ont., brothers, Richard and Donald, Hamilton, Ont., grandchildren Christy and Craig, Hubley. He was predeceased by infant son, Douglas; brother, Douglas. Memorial service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, June 4, in Cruikshank's Halifax Funeral Home, 2032 Robie St., Rev. Bill Dye officiating. Reception to follow in Philae Temple, 3530 Connolly St., Halifax. Masonic service will be 7:30 p.m. Thursday in St. Margaret's Lodge, Head of St. Margarets Bay, Highway 3 at Mason Point Road. Friends of the family are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made the Shriner's Hospital or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.

 

HMCS HURON

RUSHTON, Myles Leroy - Age 91, Truro. It is with deep sadness that Myles' family makes known his passing, in Wynn Park Villa, Truro, on Monday, January 25, 2016. Born in Westchester Station, Cumberland Co., he was a son of the late Oliver and Charlotte (Weatherbee) Rushton. Myles attended school in Westchester and finished school in 1942. He worked for DND during the summer months of 1940 and 1941 while attending school. After finishing high school, in 1942, he returned to work for DND for a year, then joined the RCNVR Medical Branch and served in the Second World War until discharge in 1946. After serving the Navy, he was employed with Postal Services for 20 years, employed with Colchester Property Assessment Department until taking a job with Social Services Province of Nova Scotia in 1965. He also served on the Bible Hill Village Commission. He retired in 1986 after 44 years in the work world. Myles was always interested in community and national affairs and was a volunteer in Special Needs Workshops, E.M.O., past President of Colchester VON, and Colchester Mental Health Board. He was always an active lay person in church services as well as Legion and Lodge - being an over 60-year member of North Star Masonic Lodge No. 74 and over 60-year member of Cobequid Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. Myles thoroughly enjoyed retirement with Georgie, the love of his life of 69 years, and their trips together in Northern Alberta, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, and 13 winters in Florida. He loved his family dearly - his grandchildren and great-grandchildren were a treasure to him. Myles greatly missed their only son David, who passed away in 1972 due to a car accident. He was the last remaining member of his family of 13. He is survived by his sweetheart, Georgina 'Georgie' (Lane) Rushton; daughters, Evelyn (Jack) Patriquin, Sutherlands Lake; Cindy (Glenn) Matheson, Bible Hill; Ginny (David) Sullivan, Bridgewater; grandchildren, Lisa, Kevin, David, Mark, Marla; great-grandchildren, Grace, Faith, Kamryn, Mackenzie, Oliver, Hunter, Lily, Alicia, Mikayla; many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his beloved son, David Myles Rushton; sisters, Edna, Cyretha, Grace, Ruby, Kathleen, Ida; brothers, Ralph, Clarence, William, Carl, Alton, Oscar. Myles' family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the staff of the West Wing of Wynn Park Villa for all their care and compassion; as well as special thanks to Dr. Michael Murray for his wonderful care. Visitation will be held Friday, January 29 from 3:30-5 p.m. with a Masonic Service at 5 p.m., and Legion Tribute Service will be held Saturday, January 30 at 3 p.m., followed by a celebration of life service, all in Mattatall ~ Varner Funeral Home, 55 Young St., Truro, Rev. Natalie Buchanan-Rutherford officiating. Reception to follow in the funeral home. Interment at a later date in Mahon Cemetery in Great Village. Family flowers only. Donations in Myles' memory may be made to Colchester East Hants Health Centre Foundation, Truro, or to a charity of your choice.

SAUNDERS, Oliver Milen (Olie) - 60, Dartmouth, died September 27, 1992, in the Halifax Infirmary. Born in Shelburne, he was a son of Nora (Stewart) Saunders, Manitouwadge, Ont., and the late Oliver Gilbert Saunders. He was employed with Canadian Corps. Of Commissionaires, having served with the RCN for over 32 years, retiring in 1988, with the rank of CPO. He is survived by his wife, the former Sally Lovell; daughter, Stella, at home; four sons, David, Petawawa, Ont.; Olie, Timmons, Ont.; Terry, Milen, both at home; two stepsons, Kevin Lovell, Regina, Sask.; Brian Lovell, Amherst; three brothers, Terry, Bedford; Cyril, Sooke, B.C.; Gilbert, Manitouwadge; 10 grandchildren. He was predeceased by two daughters, Carol Ann, Betty Lou. The body has been cremated. The family will receive visitors 7-9 p.m. Wednesday in A.L. Mattatall Funeral Home, 217 Portland St. Dartmouth, where a memorial and legion service will be 7:30 p.m. Friday from their chapel, Rev. Paul Smith officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Palliative Care Unit of Halifax Infirmary.

 

HMCS BONAVENTURE, HMCS ANNAPOLIS

SIMPSON, Clifford Gerald - passed away at London Sciences Health Centre Victoria Hospital on Monday, March 14, 2016 at the age of 89. Beloved husband of the late Lois (Snedden) Simpson (1987) and Irene (Robinson/Williams) Simpson. Loving father of Susan Logan (Philip) of Pickering, Laurie Faulkner (the late Bill Broughton) of British Columbia and Karen Warwick (John) of Ajax. Dear grandfather of the late David Logan, Sarah (Chad) Tkachuk, Lauren Faulkner and Jackson and Ethan Warwick and great- grandfather of Ben. Dear brother of Eileen (Betty) Morrison (Norman) and nephews Dean Morrison (Linda) and Blair Morrison (Cairine) and their families. Also fondly remembered by Irene's family - Lynne (the late Denis Foell), Carol Williams, Donna (Tony) Ament and Sam and Frank D'Ariano and their families. He was born in Toronto, attended Eastern High School of Commerce. He saw Active Service in the Canadian Navy during the war. After completion of 35 years of service in various management responsibilities, Cliff was proud to be appointed President and C.E.O. of Laurentide Financial Corp. (head office in Vancouver) . He retired in 1980 and moved to Mossley, Ontario, was active in the Dorchester Royal Canadian Legion and the Lions Club. After moving to London, he was a member of Hyde Park United Church. Friends will be received at Logan Funeral Home, 371 Dundas St. (between Waterloo & Colborne St.), on Saturday, March 19, 2016 from 1 - 2 p.m. with funeral service to follow in the chapel at 2 p.m. Interment Pine Hills Cemetery, Toronto. Donations to The Salvation Army would be appreciated by the family. A tree will be planted as a living memorial to Cliff Simpson. (The Toronto Star 17 Mar 2016)

SMITH, Arthur Howard (04 Jun 1924 - 09 Mar 2016) - (04 Jun1924 - 09 Mar 2016) - It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Arthur. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Pauline; his children Craig (Donna), Grant (Beth), and Laurie Mitten (Steve); grandchildren Brian, Katie, Peter, Jackie, Chrissy, Kevin, Jill and Michael; his sister-in-law, Deanie Morris (Ed); one niece and six nephews. He is pre-deceased by his foster sister, Phyllis Edward (née Grover). Art's life was defined by service and integrity. At the outbreak of World War II, he joined the navy and was enlisted in the Merchant Marine. He served as a gunner on an escort ship in a convoy of cargo vessels, crossing the Atlantic numerous times. Upon his return he joined the Vancouver Fire Department and was proud to serve for 39 years, retiring as a District Chief. He was a member of Grandview Masonic Lodge where he was involved in many charity initiatives. Art was a devoted and loyal family man and friend. From humble beginnings, his strength of character and determination helped shape who he was and fueled his desire to provide a stable, loving home for his family. He showed his love for others through small acts of service, kindness, and generosity of his time. He happily helped his children with any task and was often called upon to paint for them. He loved tinkering in his workshop and was always coming up with innovative ways to repair things. He and Pauline enjoyed many years at their cabin on Mayne Island with family and friends, they cruised the world extensively, and were very involved in their grandchildren's lives, which brought both of them great joy. Art loved working in his garden and took great pleasure in growing tomatoes so large that one slice could cover an entire sandwich. We would like to thank the caregivers at Weatherby Pavilion for their loving care and compassion during these last two years of Art's life. Art will be greatly missed and his life will be celebrated Saturday, April 2nd at 3 p.m. at Morgan Creek Golf Course, 3500 Morgan Creek Way, Surrey, BC. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the BC Professional Firefighters Burn Unit. (The Vancouver Sun 12 Mar 2016)

SMITH, Geoffrey W. (Jock) - Passed away peacefully at the age of 93 on March 5, 2016 at the Sunnybrook Veterans Centre in Toronto. Beloved husband of the late Emily Joyce Smith; father of Patricia Hicks, Stephanie Hodgins and the late Rosemary Mallory; grandfather of Claire and Christopher Hicks and Laura and Thomas Hodgins, and great-grandfather of Jack, Paige, William, Nathan and Gwendolyn. Sadly missed by his sister, Pauline Boyd Kingston and fondly remembered by nieces and nephews, Rebecca, Fred, Paul and Elizabeth Kingston and their families. Deepest thanks to the wonderful nurses, caregivers and excellent staff at Sunnybrook. Upon graduating from Upper Canada College in Toronto, Jock enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy, serving in the North Atlantic and Gulf of St. Lawrence on minesweepers and the HMCS Arrowhead. Promoted to Lieutenant in 1944, he joined the Naval Reserve after the war, taking an active interest in volunteering and naval affairs throughout his life. A respected Advertising Executive, Jock was appointed to The Board of Directors of the Institute of Canadian Advertising; among his many ad campaigns he oversaw the launch of Chargex (now Visa). In 1970, he joined the Department of Industry, Trade and Commerce, promoting international trade for the Federal Government until retirement in 1986. In recognition of his naval service, a flag service was held at Sunnybrook Veterans Centre. Cremation has taken place and a private family service will follow. For those who wish, donations may be made to the Sunnybrook Foundation: Veterans' Comfort Fund. Arrangements entrusted to the Turner & Porter Yorke Chapel. (The Toronto Star 12 Mar 2016)

 

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STEEL, Desmond Joseph (02 May 1926 - 22 Feb 2016) - Canadian & British Navy Veteran, as well as a proud member of the Oshawa Navy Club. Passed away peacefully at home after a lengthy battle with COPD, on Monday February 22, 2016, in his 90th year. Loving Husband of Joy for 69 years. Cherished Father of Carol, Marie (Christopher), Joanne (Louis), the late Richard, and the late Elizabeth (Peter). Granddad of 11 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Friends may call at the Armstrong Funeral Home, Oshawa 905-433-4711, for Visitation on Monday February 29th from 7pm until 9pm. Funeral Service will be held in the chapel on Tuesday March 1st at 11am. Memorial donations are greatly appreciated to the ALS Foundation.

STEWART, Erwin Stanley (23 Jun 1937 - 27 Feb 2016) - Passed away peacefully with family at his side in the Arnprior and District Memorial Hospital on Saturday, February 27, 2016 in his 79th year. Loving husband of Barbara (Burton) for over 57 years. Father of Catherine (Kevin) of Almonte, Jeffrey (Gina) of Carleton Place and Brett (Angela) of Carp. Predeceased in 2012 by his daughter Rhonda (Mark). Brother of Myrna (late Bob Code). Predeceased by brother Delvon, sisters Dona Fraser and Gwen McCallum (Leo). Erwin was also grandfather to six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Erwin lived a full and interesting life. He served 5 years in the Royal Canadian Navy. He was then Postmaster in the village of Ashton for 11 years where he owned the General Store and Carleton Fuels. In 1973, the family moved to Corkery in West Carleton where Erwin did what he enjoyed most: the training and driving of Standardbred race horses. In 2008 he retired and he and Barbara moved to Arnprior. A special thanks to the Grove Nursing Staff for the kindness and loving care that was given to Erwin while he was a resident there. A Memorial Service will take place Wednesday, March 2, 2016 in the St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Arnprior at 11:00 a.m. Interment Arnprior Albert Street Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, Arnprior or to the Grove Nursing Home. (The Ottawa Citizen 29 Feb 2016)

THOMAS, George Robert, P2BN - Born in Saint John, N.B. in 1933, George passed away on December 16, 2011, after a lengthy hospital stay. From working on pilot boats in Saint John Harbour, George enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1954. His career saw him deliver Canada's first peacekeepers to Cyprus and visited Leningrad, USSR; the first western naval visit since the Second World War. With 22 years sea time, he retired from the Navy in 1983 with the Canadian Forces Decoration with clasp. He then worked with the Commissionaires, posted to the Bedford Magazine for a number of years before retiring completely. George was a past member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 25 and the Army Navy Air Force Association Number 349. His remaining years were spent with his wife of 51 years, Lillian (Gaddess) until her passing in June 2010. He was also predeceased by brother, Donald and leaves behind his brother, Fredric in British Columbia; sons, George Bradley (Ivy, grandchildren, Carly and Jackson) (Katie) and John Morgan (Beverly). A man of simple pleasures and surprising wit, he was devoted to his wife and family and will be missed by friends new and old. The family wishes to extend the most heartfelt thanks to the outstanding nursing staff on 8.3 at the Halifax Infirmary who tended to him with great care and affection. And to his daughter-in-law, Beverly who so lovingly cared for him. At George's request, there will be no service. A family only interment will take place on December 21 in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens.

 

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VILLEMAIRE, J.P. - died: 19 Dec 2004

 

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WATERS, Brian James - 65, Dartmouth, died February 1, 2004, in the VG Site, QEII. Born in England, he was a son of the former Constance Nicols, Dartmouth and the late James Waters. He was a member of the the Royal Canadian Navy retiring after 32 years of service. He was a member of Royal Canadian Legion, Centennial Branch, and a member of the Chiefs and Petty Officers Association. He loved the outdoors especially hunting and fishing. He is survived by his wife, the former Gertrude "Trudy" Dexter; daughters, Cheryl (Rick) Hayton, Virginia; Maureen Waters, Rawdon; Janet (Eric) Keefe, Toronto; Cindy (Mike) Riley, Manitoba; 10 grandchildren; uncle, Walter Shirley, Dartmouth. He was predeceased by sister, Cathy; brothers, Keith, Francis. Family will receive visitors 2-3 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. Friday, February 6, in Dartmouth Funeral Home, 29 Queen St., Dartmouth, Rev. Patricia Malin officiating. Family flowers only by request. Donations may be made to Canadian Cancer Society. (The Halifax Herald 03 Feb 2004)

 

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WEBSTER, Vance (27 Feb 1963 - 14 Mar 2016) - Vance passed away suddenly at the Red Deer Hospital on March 14, 2016. Vance is survived by his beloved wife, Alana; his children, Kayla, Paige and Cody; granddaughter, Addison Webster; mother, Eleanor Webster; sister, Gwen DeMaere (John Kroesch); brothers, Derek (Diane) and David (Cheryl); stepchildren, Autumn Reiter and Chad Oakman; step-granddaughter, Brooklynne Reiter; as well as his nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father, Gordon Webster in 1984. Vance attended his school years in Claresholm, Alberta. Upon graduating, he joined the Canadian Navy and served for 14 years. Vance enjoyed fishing and darts, as well as spending time with his family and dogs. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, March 19 at 1:00 p.m. at Red Deer Funeral Home, 6150 – 67 Street. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta.

WIFFIN, Roy Thomas Hansford (16 Apr 1923 - 12 Jan 2014) - 90, of North Port, FL, died on Jan. 12, 2014. Funeral arrangements by: McKee Funeral Home. Roy was born on April 16, 1923 in Hamilton Ontario and attended King George Elementary School and the Central High School of Commerce in Hamilton. In WWII, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy Voluntary Reserve (RCNVR) and served on the corvette HMCS Arrowhead doing convoy escort work in the North Atlantic. Following the war, he returned to employment with the Norton Abrasives Co. in Hamilton where he specialized in the safe use of grinding wheels in industry. In 1959, Norton transferred him to their head office in Worcester, Massachusetts. He subsequently became an American citizen. Roy retired from Norton Abrasives in 1978 and resided in North Port, Florida for 31 years before moving to Sarasota, Florida. He is survived by his loving wife Greta of 70 years, their children Maureen (Gene) Hadden, Robert (Cynthia) Wiffin, Brian Wiffin of Sarasota, 7 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and his brother Robert Wiffin of Ancaster Ontario. Mr. Wiffin was predeceased by his sisters Evelyn Barty and Doreen Comfort. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that any donations be made to Tidewell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34238 (The Herald Tribune 22 Jan 2014)

 

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WIGMORE, William (Bill) (17 Mar 1924 - 10 Mar 2016) - passed away peacefully on March 10, 2016, to be with his beloved wife, Grace, who predeceased him on October 17, 2015. At 91, Bill was just a week shy of his 92nd birthday. Bill was also predeceased by his sisters, Evelyn and Julie and brother, Dave. Bill is survived by his loving daughter, Gayle Wigmore and his brother, Roger Wigmore (Marilynn) and numerous nieces and nephews. Bill was born in Victoria and travelled extensively in his lifetime. He joined the navy during the WWII and was stationed on the East Coast of Canada. After returning to Victoria, he met and married Grace in 1948 and continued his service as a civil servant for the Department of National Defence. He was very involved with the Union of National Defence Employees and was President of the Union as well. Bill enjoyed both salt and freshwater fishing and spent many a day up at Shawnigan Lake fishing for trout which the family always enjoyed. Bill also enjoyed salt water fishing catching salmon with his friend, Walter, at Mill Bay. Golf became his passion in the 1970's and he golfed many of the Island's different courses for almost 40 years. He also enjoyed moose hunting in the 1970's with his friend, Harry Hill, up in Northern BC around Babine Lake. He also took up curling and lawn bowling for a short time. Bill retired in 1986 and then he and Grace did a lot of travelling, especially cruises. Bill lived a long full life and now will be with Grace forevermore. The family would like to thank the staff at the Royal Jubilee Hospital for making Bill's last days comfortable for him. A special thanks to Dr. Riddler who initially took care of Bill and Dr. Demott at the end of his life. Also, thanks to the staff of the Waterview Unit at the Gorge who always gave him a warm welcome when he went up to visit Grace. Special thanks to Gayle's partner, Paul who has been very good and supportive to Grace and Bill. Also, to Cousin, Barry and wife, Anne who have been very supportive; they came down from Comox on a regular basis to visit Grace at the Gorge and to visit with Bill. Thanks to neighbors, Bob and Joan Ainscough as well for watching over Bill. A Funeral Service will be held at McCall's Downtown, Johnson & Vancouver Streets, on Tuesday, March 22nd at 11:00 a.m. A Burial Service at Royal Oak Burial Park will follow after fellowship and refreshments have been enjoyed at McCall's. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Victoria Hospice Society. (The Victoria Times Colonist 17 Mar 2016)

WYATT, John Humphrey (26 Oct 1923 - 09 Feb 2016) - It is with sadness that we announce the passing of John H. Wyatt of Nepean, Ont., husband of the late Janet Wyatt (nee Page), and father of Philip Wyatt (Corinne Heybroek) and Claire Ghent (Hugh Ghent). John was the very proud grandfather of seven ( Braden, Cameron, and Alison Wyatt, Andrea Ghent, Heather Ghent Sztanyo, Graham Ghent and Laura Ghent Mueller) and fifteen great-grands. John grew up in Norwich, England, marrying Janet and immigrating to Hamilton, Ont. in 1949, where he worked as an electrical engineer and started a family. They moved to Ottawa in 1962, where John began a fulfilling civilian career working for the Dept. Of Defence (Navy). In his retirement, when not travelling, John greatly enjoyed the extended family and was in big demand for stories, soccer and toy fixing. We are grateful for his 92 years of active living with few slowdowns. A private remembrance was held by the family, with plans to host a memorial gathering in early summer. (The Ottawa Citizen 02 Mar 2016)

WYATT, Kenneth James (91) passed away on Friday, February 26, 2016. Born in Melita, Manitoba, Ken graduated from the University of Manitoba. He served in the navy during WWII, later joining the Canadian Armed Forces where he continued to serve until his retirement. Ken was a proud member of the Masonic Lodge, the Shriners, and the Eastern Star. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Alva; daughters, Carolyn (Brian) and Vicky-lyn; grandchildren, Kevin and Emma. In keeping with Ken's wishes no services will be held. The family gratefully decline flowers. Those wishing to honour Ken, may do so by making a donation to the charity of their choice. The family extends Thanks to Dr. Keith Jones and the staff of the Nanaimo Seniors Village for their compassionate care of Ken during his stay with them. Yates Funeral Service & Crematorium in care of arrangements. (The Victoria Time Colonist 04 Mar 2016)

 

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